Wish Kid: Ellie
Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Those are words that many adults can barely understand, let alone a child. But Ellie had to quickly learn about the cancer that was making her sick a month shy of her 6th birthday.
Ellie had been sick for several weeks. She had started losing weight, having nighttime fevers, stomach and elbow pain. After not being able to find answers, Ellie’s mom took her in for blood work. “I look fondly back on the time when I thought that was a big deal!” That afternoon they got the news that Ellie had leukemia. “He felt that she was medically unstable, and had us go directly to CHOP without going home first.”
And that’s where she stayed for 2 weeks. While most kids her age were worrying about what they would wear to school, she was busy getting a bone marrow biopsy, a port placed in her chest, and starting chemotherapy. She went through intensive treatment for 8 months and had to be hospitalized several times due to side effects.
Throughout this ordeal, Ellie never let cancer get in her way. She reads about 5 years above her grade level. She loves science and wants to be a doctor. Her mom says Ellie loves “anything exciting.” You know, the usual stuff, like “waterslides, roller coasters, science experiments that explode, etc.”
The good news is that Ellie entered a phase of treatment last September called “long-term maintenance” and is starting to feel better.
Her hair is starting to grow back, she is usually able to attend school, and the side effects have decreased. Her oncologist will closely monitor her health for 5 years but things are starting to look brighter.
Slowly but surely, Ellie is getting back to doing what she ought to. Being a kid.
Pile of Smile wants to help Ellie celebrate this new chapter in her life by fulfilling her wish to go to Atlantis with her family. That’s why we are excited to announce her as one of the kids we will be raising money for at our second annual gala. Even if you can’t be there in person, you can still help by donating to the cause. Please visit our Eventbrite page for more details. As always, your donation is tax-deductible.