Layla’s Legacy

Layla’s Legacy

Layla’s Legacy

by Leanne Yocum

Layla Stamp was a 5-year-old princess with the strength of a warrior. She was a source of strength to encourage others and a treasure for the world. She was not your average kid.

“She was amazing, “ says Layla’s mom, Sara. “Every parent thinks their kid is the most talented and brilliant, but I feel like Layla really was. I can say that because I’m just like every other parent. But she was a very special little girl, super smart and very talkative from a really young age. She loved to dance and sing, and she never met a stranger. She was in a class of her own.”

Layla was a student at Prince of Peace Christian School when she was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer at just 4 years old. She passed away in 2017. Since that day, her family has been dedicated to honoring the memory of their daughter while also finding as many ways as they can to fund childhood cancer research programs throughout the world.

On September 28th, the second annual Gold Gala Auction and Dinner will be held in Layla’s honor. There will be a silent and live auction, and Dean McCurry, who lives in Castle Hills, is the auctioneer. There will also be a local band called ‘The Time Machine.’

All of the money raised will go to pediatric brain cancer research.

The Stamp family is also excited to begin a joint venture with Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an established childhood cancer non-profit organization. They do cooperatives with other smaller nonprofits (such as Layla’s) to help vet research projects and match donations on certain childhood cancer research programs they feel are worthwhile.

Sara stressed, “We want the funds we raise to go specifically into pediatric brain cancer research, not just to a hospital in general. We actually want it to be in the researcher’s hands and not into a lot of administration funds.”

“Brain cancer is tricky because you’re dealing with the blood-brain barrier. Medicine cannot reach the brain because this barrier is the natural way for the brain to protect itself. In Layla’s case, she had something similar to a port put directly in her brain and was given small doses of a particular medicine, hoping it would make more of an impact. Traditional chemotherapies are very rarely helpful for kids with brain cancer.”

Outside of putting on events and partnering with other ventures, Sara has written a book called, “The Other ‘F’ Word.” The book chronicles the journey she and her family went through during Layla’s illness and passing.

“It’s more about having faith through any time that seems impossible,” she said. “It is what I really tried to focus on when there was nothing else I could do. What happened to Layla was completely out of my control. I didn’t make a wrong decision or not do the right thing at the right time. It’s just the way life is.”

She added, “She loved to play outside; loved playing in the home center with dolls. Loved playing pretend with her friends, color and paint. She was very artistic. There really wasn’t any part of school that she didn’t like. She loved to do everything!”

Gold Gala Auction and Dinner

September 28th | 6 – 11pm | Vouv Dallas
4445 Sigma Rd. • Dallas, TX 75244
Enjoy a magical evening in honor of Layla and the legacy we are all continuing in her memory.
For more info and to purchase tickets go to

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photos courtesy of Sara Stamp

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