David Spisak Jr., 8, has found a silver lining in his life since his fourth cancer diagnosis: Love.
The young boy was diagnosed with cancer at the age of two. He had two transplants — including one from his 10-year-old sister, and still, his cancer has returned — three times.
When he was diagnosed for a fourth time this past March, Spisak’s parents made the difficult decision to stop treatments and let their little boy live a life as normal and happy as it could possibly be.
In September, Spisak started second grade. He went to class for as long as he could, but eventually, he could no longer attend due to his illness.
His mother tells WTKR she knew he had a “crush” from class — but she had no idea how serious their bond was.
“In art class, I told her I liked her and she just had a surprised face — so we started dating,” Spisak said.
Once the boy was pulled from class — his classmates sent cards home for him. As he and his parents looked through those cards, they found quite a few from seven-year-old Ayla.
In those cards, Ayla stressed how much she loved and missed Spisak. And even some of the cards from other children indicated the girl was missing him.
When Spisak’s parents asked him about Ayla, he described her the best way he could.
“She kinda looks like Snow White. Actually, she is kinda like the real Snow White because she is so kind to everybody, especially me — because she loves me,” Spisak said.
When asked how he knows he loves her, Spisak replied by saying: “My heart.”
“His heart tells him,” Ayla said.
Spisak’s mom Amber reached out to Ayla’s mom Angela — and together, they realized how important the connection is between their children.
“She`s definitely had an impact on his spirit, and I haven`t seen this side of him in a long time. Certainly at eight years old, you don’t think that they’ll have a first love or a first kiss or a first date — and it was just something that I accepted wasn’t going to happen. But it did,” Amber Spisak said.
David Spisak and Ayla recently went on their first date. The young boy called up the young girl, and invited her to go bowling. He gave her a teddy bear and roses, and he even got a little kiss on the cheek — his first kiss.
During their date, Ayla pushed Spisak around in his wheelchair, helped him bowl and they shared pizza together. The boy was able to get out of his wheelchair and walk for the first time in a month.
“Their story is definitely something everyone can learn from. Just to love. Because that’s what’s important. At the end of every day, that’s what’s important — who loves you and who you love back,” Angela Andrews said.