Zenfolio | Hal Smith Photojournalist | Mckenzie's Fight

Created 27-Aug-10
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In black, pointy-toed high heel shoes, Mckenzie Brownlee prances across her living room floor with ease. She stops, flashes a bright smile and strikes a pose by holding out the skirt of her red and white striped dress.

“Webo” she says to her mother, Tiffany Brownlee, which means “I love you” in Kenzie talk.

“I love you too,” Tiffany Brownlee responds.
Like many 2-year-old girls, Mckenzie flits from place to place. Her baby dolls need feeding, the cartoons need watching and her younger sister, 7-month-old Maddie, needs kissing.

She’s outgoing, full of energy and sometimes bossy. And she is the hero of her family because she has courageously fought acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, for the past eight months.

The diagnosis came when Mckenzie was only 18-months-old. Tiffany Brownlee said her daughter’s baby sitter had mentioned McKenzie was a little more tired than usual, her legs had numerous unexplained bruises and she was slightly pale. Tiffany Brownlee said the tell-tale signs of leukemia were overlooked at first.