Aria’s Healing Journey Support Fund

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Raised by 256 people in 3 months
Our family embarks on a journey in which we could use your support. Aria Cheyenne, 16, has been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare bone/soft tissue cancer.
Even as we begin our first steps in this new reality we noticed the variety of unexpected expenses occurring daily.

We are grateful for your support.
Please keep Aria in your thoughts.
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Dear friends,

The final days of Hanukkah were celebrated at home and at Aria's aunt Shachar and uncle Ariel's family. Nothing like the comfort and sweetness of celebrating a holiday with family.

The next few days are planned to include a chamber music concert downtown, and a holiday party with friends. Days of recovery and relaxation before the last and sixth round next Wednesday. This is a five-day round, which will conclude this stage of treatment.
The next stage is reassessment. Different imaging will be done (CT, Bone Scan, PET, and MRI) which will then be followed by a meeting with the surgeons, most likely in two to three weeks.

Please know that messages, emails, and other well wishes are helpful and do make a difference. We read them, appreciate them, and are grateful for them.

Sending you all warm virtual hugs and Happy Holiday Season wishes.
Aria, Lee & Eli

In the photo: Last December at the Sonoma Horticultural Nursery
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Dear friends,

Last Friday Aria’s temperature rose and we needed to admit back at the hospital. The labs indicated an infection common and associated with central line. It is treated with antibiotics and seems to be clearing.

Aria’s doctor wanted her to stay at the hospital and start the fifth chemo round this week. She will start it this afternoon and hopefully will be going home tomorrow or Friday.

Hanukkah started on Sunday, and while we cannot light the candles here we find the holiday delight in opening gifts and eating Soofganiyot (the traditional jelly donuts).

Throughout this stay Aria has been feeling well and happy. Hopefully the treatment will not be too challenging and Aria will get to spend some of Hanukkah at home.

Miracles happen everyday. Surprises simply pop, and unconditional acts of kindness are showering Aria. Light is right here and in people’s hearts.
Choosing to look at blessings amidst adversity and finding power in being present.

Happy Hanukkah to all those who celberate. Much light to you all.
Aria, Lee & Eli

In the photo: Aria’s decorated hospital room
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Dear friends,

A four nights chemo round turned into a six nights hospital stay, due to fever during chemo. This time Aria had different side effects, such as mouth sores and nausea. This affects her appetite greatly and once we got home on Monday afternoon the vomiting continued for another day or so. This chemo round presented more challenges for Aria and she handled them bravely.

Now that this had passed Aria can start eating well and gain more pounds, so we can start the next round closer to her natural weight. It seems to work better.

As the days bring cool temperatures and rain Aria spends her days indoors with her kitty (that almost doubled her size), and her boyfriend. She plans prepping for the SAT exam that will take place in March or May.

The support continues continuously; whether from our close circles, or from our Aikido community. We are still in awe about everything. Last week a fundraiser seminar in Israel had 120 participants, and this Sunday a local friendship seminar will take place in Pasadena.

We are planned to go back to the hospital next Tuesday for the fifth round, which is a two-days long round. This stage of the treatment will wrap up for reevaluation at the end of the year.

Sending Happy Chanukah wishes to those who celebrate, and our love to all of you.
Aria, Lee & Eli

In the picture: The Aikido fundraiser seminar in Israel
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Dear friends,

Thanksgiving at the hospital. 4th round of chemo.

So much to be grateful for today, and everyday. Time at the hospital is mostly quiet and slow. Giving me moments to grab paper and pencils and welcome some stillness in my vision, in an attempt to rediscover a long forgotten skill.

With this challenge we connect in a strong and uncompromising way, we see more clearly, we mostly contain its waves, and at times we meet face on with our vulnerability.

Occupying the Now is a gift.
Being hugged like this is a gift.
This rich life is a gift.

Happy thanksgiving to you all from us!

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