NBC host Megyn Kelly featured an insanely inspiring story on Tuesday about three nurses who all work at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and are all, themselves, cancer survivors.
All three of the women — who are coincidentally each named “Ashley” — were treated at St. Jude’s as children and later made it their personal and professional quests to return to the healthcare facility to help other kids who face intense battles they know too well.
Ashley McTyre is one of those nurses. She was treated at St. Jude’s when she was just 10 years old after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. And it was McTyre’s experience at the hospital that inspired her to want to help others in her own life.
“During the most fearful time of my life, my St. Jude nurses cared for me and for my entire family,” she wrote in a piece published on the hospital’s website. “That experience inspired me to do the same for others.”
McTyre told “Megyn Kelly TODAY” that she has formed a special bond with a 10-year-old patient named Elizabeth Wampler, who suffers from osteosarcoma, just like McTyre did at the same age.
“She reminds me a lot of myself,” the nurse said of Elizabeth.
And when NBC interviewed little Elizabeth for “Megyn Kelly TODAY,” a reporter asked, “What keeps your spirits up?” and the girl responded, “I trust in God.” But Elizabeth also said that seeing McTyre’s story of overcoming the odds also inspires her.
“Ashley, she’s walking and smiling. She has a job. She just had a baby,” Elizabeth said. “And now I’m like, Well, I can do that.'”
The nurse, who went through so much in her own life and overcame, is now inspiring hope in Elizabeth among many others.
Watch the incredible story below: