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Izzy beats cancer, celebrates 4th birthday

Posted at 9:47 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 00:48:55-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — As if turning four wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, Izzy also defeated cancer.

“No more buggies," Izzy said.

Buggies - that's her word for cancer. Last April, the then-3-year-old was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, and after completing eight rounds of chemotherapy, Izzy is buggie-free.

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“I just, I broke down. That’s the news we had been waiting for 9 months. We were just overwhelmed with joy that our brave 4-year-old daughter was officially in remission," said Royce Woodward, Izzy's dad.

Waiting on good news for nine months wasn’t easy. And while Izzy was busy fighting off the buggies, her parents did their best to keep their spirits positive.

“Keeping everything happy and positive and never making anything negative I think helped her not realize exactly what was going on. We just kept pushing forward. We took every treatment as it came, every hospital stay as it came," said Tierra McCullah, Izzy's mom.

“Knowing that we were dealing with this horrible, horrible disease but not ever really showing weakness around the kids. We are keeping everything positive. Just keeping her life and Aiden’s life as normal as possible," said Woodward.

And although the past nine months have been anything but typical, Izzy’s brother Aiden is just glad to have his little sister healthy again.

“Very excited and happy. Very happy. Verry happy," said Aiden, Izzy's 7-year-old brother.

That’s three times the happy. And today, four times the love.