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Cancer survivor Zay finds out that regular life has its share of bumps, too

Cancer survivor Zay finds out that regular life has its share of bumps, too

Azayliah Perez started her first year of public school as a timid girl in her own cocoon. She ends it a social butterfly.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Life for cancer-free Zay approaches normal, as 10-year-old reading ditches port in chest

Life for cancer-free Zay approaches normal, as 10-year-old reading ditches port in chest

A year has passed since Zay’s cancer went into remission.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Progress slow and steady for Zay

Progress slow and steady for Zay

So far during her first year in public school, Azayliah Perez has aced the social aspect of being a third grader.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Zay's back in the hospital - but this time to help other kids

Zay's back in the hospital - but this time to help other kids

Azayliah Perez spent four Christmases in the hospital, battling leukemia.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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A month of celebration for Zay

A month of celebration for Zay

After battling cancer for half of her life, every day is special for Azayliah Perez. But October — six months after her leukemia went into remission — gave the 9-year-old a whole month to celebrate how far she’s come.

November 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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After losing friends to cancer, reaching out is scary for young survivor

After losing friends to cancer, reaching out is scary for young survivor

In the 4½ years she spent mostly in the hospital fighting leukemia, Azayliah Dezerie Perez had little opportunity to make friends.

September 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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First day of school is first school day ever for Tucson girl, 9

First day of school is first school day ever for Tucson girl, 9

“One, two, three, eyes on me,” Kellond Elementary School teacher Elizabeth Egan chants to get her kids’ attention.

August 18, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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