Marblehead girl's battle featured on 'Early Show' Monday

MARBLEHEAD A Marblehead girl battling childhood leukemia will be featured Monday on CBS's "The Early Show." Taylor Wil
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

 

MARBLEHEAD

A Marblehead girl battling childhood leukemia will be featured Monday on CBS's "The Early Show."

Taylor Wilhite, 8, was diagnosed with childhood leukemia March 14. Her leukemia is a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

Janell George, a publicist with "The Early Show," said a segment of the show will focus on Wigs for Kids, an organization that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to an illness.

Taylor lost her hair after several chemotherapy treatments. She chose an auburn wig from Wigs for Kids, which offered a change from her naturally curly blond hair.

"It was altogether different," said Taylor's grandmother, Linda Shafer. "She's just excited it was different."

"The Early Show" producers chose Taylor because she donated her own hair one year before she was diagnosed with leukemia, George said via e-mail.

"We are always searching for stories that will give viewers information they can use to improve their lives," George said. "Taylor Wilhite has one of those stories, and we felt that it needed to be told to a national audience."

Taylor finished her chemotherapy treatments in mid-July and received her bone marrow transplant July 27.

Taylor is recuperating at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati and doing quite well, Shafer said.

"I just think everyone wants to see her do well," Shafer said. "She's put up great fight. Her nickname is superstar, and she lived up to that."

"The Early Show" segment featuring Taylor will air 7:30-8 a.m. Monday.