In a heartwarming moment captured on video, 10-year-old Dylan Probe was gifted an American Girl doll with a prosthetic leg to encourage her after having her leg amputated last month.
Dylan is currently undergoing treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare cancer that usually grows in the bones, and was gifted the special doll as she recovers from the amputation surgery and chemotherapy.
She was diagnosed in November after months of experiencing pain in her right heel.
“Over the summer she started to limp. I took her to an orthopedic doctor thinking there was an infection and then we’d get physical therapy and off we’d be,” Megan Probe, Dylan’s mother, told InsideEdition.com.
After her diagnosis, Dylan quickly started chemotherapy. Doctors presented the family with two options. Dylan could get radiation or she could have her leg amputated below the knee.
“She wanted to keep her quality of life and radiation wouldn’t have given her that, so we made the decision to amputate,” Probe said. “She’s doing great. She is going to physical therapy three times a week. She has seven rounds of chemo left.”
Dylan had the surgery on March 17.
“She’s upbeat. She’s positive," Probe said. "She knows she will be able to do anything she did before. She may just have to learn a new way."
The doll was gifted to Dylan by Sherina Welch, a photographer documenting a photo series dedicated to spreading awareness about childhood cancer research.
Despite the $4.9 billion in the National Cancer Institute's 2014 budget, only four percent went to research of childhood cancer, according to the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2).
“[Welch] wanted to do something nice for Dylan. She got the doll and sent it off to a prosthetic company to have it fitted,” Probe said. “To have something that is a reminder of what she is going through and what she is going to look like. She loves it.”
Dylan named her doll “Hope.”