Daddy will never forget where I was when I got the call, your mom on the other end of the phone hysterically crying and telling me they were rushing you to the children’s hospital and that they thought it was cancer and would have to have an emergency surgery. As dad dropped what I was doing I started to do something I hardly every did but knew it was my only option, I started to pray, it was a 30 minute drive to the hospital so me …and God had a long man to man conversation, I’ve never begged anyone for anything in my life but putting all my manhood and pride to the side I not only prayed but I begged god to spare your life. It turned out to be stage 4 kidney cancer that had spread to your lungs and your lymph nodes and me and your mom were devastated and looking for answers. Almost 2 wks in the hospital and me and your mom began arguing because neither of us would leave the hospital for one minute and the tension could be cut with a knife. Dad slept on the floor and a few days even in the bed with you because I just didn’t wanna leave your side. Baby girl from January 15, 2013 until sometime in march your dad was a complete mess, barely eating, hardly talking to anyone and depressed beyond belief I can say I cried everyday for almost two months straight not knowing if my baby would make it through and simply angry because as your father Im supposed to always be able to help or just make things better and it just killed me to see you in pain.
Your spirit through this all has brightened up everyone around you and the strength that you have shown is a true testimony and gift from god. Daddy is so proud of you Hailey and can’t wait to see how you use this experience to continue to educate and help others….
Bert (from the Bert in the Morning Show on Q-100),
I had never listened to your show and didn’t even know of your celebrity status until I started to google you and hearing people screaming your name in the park….lol, but seriously I watched you treat my lil girl as one of your own and you single handedly made her trip something she will never forget so for that you have gained a friend for life,Thank you
Mark Bankhead Sr.
Together WE are fighting against childhood cancer