A benefit garage sale and bake sale will be held this Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. at 3919 Walden Creek Crossing in Harker Heights.
A large community bash will also be held on Saturday in Temple that will include food for sale, photo shoots, a bounce house, face painting, cupcake decorating, horse rides and a silent auction.
Family and friends will begin serving food at 11 a.m. for $8 at the Moffat Community Center at 13410 Kuykendall Mountain Rd.
The silent auction will open at 2 p.m.
All donations will go to support Jayln and her family.
Additional donations can be made to the "Jayln Martin" fund at Chase Bank on SW HK Dodgen Loop in Temple. (Brittany Semadeni)
TEMPLE (March 22, 2013)--Jayln Martin likes to play make-believe with her dolls, but the 6-year-old is battling a real-life villain—cancer.
"She was walking a little bit differently and her strength in her right arm had gotten real weak," said her father, Nick Martin,
"Her speech got real slurred," he said, and Jayln also started suffering from headaches.
Her parents took her in for an MRI and a mass was found in her brain.
After getting a second opinion and multiple medical tests, Jayln was diagnosed with stage 4 Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma brain cancer.
Because the tumor is resting on her brain stem and cerebellum, it can't be surgically removed.
"It was like a big smack in the face... definitely an eye opener," Nick said.
Doctors have told the Martins that Jayln's cancer is aggressive, she has eight months to live and that aggressive treatment is needed to try and shrink the tumor.
Starting Monday, Jayln will begin radiation 5-days a week for 6-weeks.
She will also receive chemotherapy daily for 42 days.
After her treatment, she will take a 30-day break and then go back on chemotherapy again if the tumor has not shrunk.
"It's definitely changed our lives a whole lot," Nick said.
"We pretty much have a whole different routine now."
Jayln’s mother rejects criticism that the aggressive treatment simply prolongs the inevitable.
"This is going to be our miracle," she said. "This is going to take her cancer away. All we need is chemo, radiation and prayers from everybody."
Jayden, Jayln's 5-year-old brother doesn't fully understand what is happening to his sister.
"He thinks his sister has a big splinter in her brain," Kristi said.
"He sometimes gets upset when gifts are brought to the house for Jayln and doesn't understand why all this attention is directed towards her."
Jayln was taken out of school and will be home-schooled, because the treatment will affect her immune system.
"Jayln is not too upset about that because she gets to sleep in and do her homework in bed," Kristi said.
Kristi is no stranger to having a loved one with cancer.
Her mother battled bone marrow cancer for 5 years and died in 2004.
"It really hurts to see your mother go through this, but it almost hurts more to see your child suffer through it," she said.
After Jayln's diagnosis, Nick and Kristi moved from Moody to Temple so they could be closer for her to receive treatments at Scott & White Hospital.
Nick and Kristi temporarily left their jobs to focus on Jayln's medical needs and their savings has depleted by mounting hospital bills.
Fundraisers have been held and an outpouring of generosity has helped with some of the bills, but there are many more to come.
"Still to this day, we are getting calls from people we don't know saying how they feel about the whole situation and ask how they can help out," Nick said.
"We never knew that so many people had such big hearts as we have found out now," Kristi said.
"It's amazing how God works, how many good people are out there."