Mary Elizabeth Olvey

A Hayden girl is being honored by the Birmingham chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Mary Elizabeth Olvey, 6, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2013.

LLS has named Olvey as Girl of the Year and as its Honored Hero for the Light the Night Walk fund-raiser campaign.

In addition, the Hayden City Council honored Olvey during Tuesday’s council meeting by passing a resolution to declare May 16 as Mary Elizabeth Olvey Day.

That makes May 16 a big day in two ways: On that day, Michael and Amy Olvey are throwing a “No Mo Chemo” party for their daughter in order to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy treatments on May 5.

“She’s very excited, and I’ve been on cloud nine,” said Amy Olvey.

Mary Elizabeth was also named the honorary chairperson of the 2014 North Jefferson Relay For Life.

The family has come a long way since the sudden and unexpected diagnosis more than two years ago.

Amy Olvey had taken her daughter to the doctor with a high fever, thinking she had the flu. But doctors sent the family to the Children’s of Alabama emergency room immediately, with no explanation of what was wrong.

Mary Elizabeth, then 3, was received her diagnosis of cancer on March 9 and started chemotherapy treatments three days later.

She was upset about losing her hair, but kept going by staying active with dance. She also plays softball and is a cheerleader.

“We kept pushing her so she didn’t have time to stop and feel sorry for herself,” said Amy Olvey. “She’s had to struggle with the side effects of the chemo, but she’s a tough cookie. She never let it stop her.”

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