More than anything else, Kylie Myers wanted a kitten. But her parents thought the 12-year-old should wait until she finished radiation treatment for metastatic bone cancer.
On Kylie’s last day of treatment, doctors learned that the cancer had spread throughout her body. “They knew at this point, she wasn’t going to make it,” her mother, Robin Myers, says in the video, Kylie and Liza, about her daughter, a tiny kitten, and the power of the human-animal bond.
When Kylie was told that her cancer was terminal, she looked at her father and said, “Now can I have a baby kitty?” It’s not hard to guess what happened next. Within an hour, a local rescue group brought a foster kitten to the Myers’ door. Their story is documented in a moving video, Kylie and Liza, the second in an ongoing series called Mutual Rescue, an initiative by the Humane Society Silicon Valley.
Liza was not the most beautiful kitten. “You could tell that she had had a rough start to life,” said Myers. But she was instantly devoted to Kylie. “I’ve heard people talking about animals coming in and supporting someone in such a loving and amazing way, Myers says in the YouTube video, But I never understood what that meant until Liza met Kylie.”
From that day forward, Liza never left Kylie’s side unless someone picked her up and moved her. “She was completely devoted to loving on Kylie.” One of Kylie’s last wishes was for her mother “to take care of my baby kitten.”
Myers kept Liza, who is helping her work through her grief. Myers told TODAY she hoped that sharing Kylie and Liza’s story would raise awareness of childhood cancer and encourage people to adopt rescue animals. You can read more about Kylie and Liza on TODAY and in Ad Week.