Layla Smith, 5, lives in Hope Mills, North Carolina. Layla battles lymphoblastic leukemia. She is halfway through a two-and-a-half-year treatment regimen. Layla likes singing, dancing and playing with her puppies and her toys.
“My hair was past my shoulders. I got sick, and after chemo, my hair fell out. People think I’m a little boy. But I like my hair short. It doesn’t hurt my feelings. I know I’m a girl and I’m still pretty.”
Photographed: January 26, 2016