You have to look at the upside of things,” she says. “You have to find things to do to keep you enjoying every day, things that just make you happy.” - Naya Galyn Summy (at age 11).
Naya was a courageous, sweet, intelligent and funny 11-year old daughter with a brilliant energy that rubbed off on anyone who knew her. She was diagnosed with high-risk medulloblastoma (brain cancer) when she was nine. She endured brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, only to relapse one year after her diagnosis. A cure didn't exist for Naya. In less than two years, her disease overtook her body and her brightness and smile left our world. Naya strove to enjoy every day in a manner that was full of grace, love, happiness and laughter, and her determination to enjoy life didn't change even as she fought to overcome cancer. Her love for life continues to inspire thousands every day through her spirit and now The Naya Foundation. Naya's efforts have raised over $500,000 for pediatric cancer research and cures. Naya was named Outstanding Youth Philanthropist in Philadelphia, and Naya and her parents were the top fundraiser in 2013, 2014 and 2015 at the Four Season's Parkway Run & Walk to benefit The Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. —Written by Amy & Hank Summy
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