Eli Kupsky's Fight with Cancer

$59,487 of $100k goal

Raised by 1,392 people in 34 months
Nicole Kranz  GREEN BAY, WI

2013 started out a great year for the Kupsky family, they welcomed Eli into this world on July 16th and were looking forward to celebrating Owen's 2nd birthday and their 1st anniversary in September. On August 17th their lives would change forever - after a family afternoon at the Brown County Fair, Cammie found a tumor on Eli's hip while changing his diaper. That quickly followed with a trip to Children's Hospital in Milwaukee for tests. They were expecting news of a harmless lump that could be easily removed with surgery, to have their doctor come out and ask to speak with them privately- her words are forever embedded in their minds "I have bad news, Eli has cancer and it's bad, it's really bad".

They would wait two weeks to hear stage 4s Neuroblastoma. This is the only cancer diagnoses known that can regress on its own so, the initial plan was to monitor the cancer with Ultra-sounds on Eli's liver and abdomen every 6 weeks and to watch Eli closely for signs of distress. (He had large tumors on his liver that could cause liver failure and/or press on his lungs and cause difficulty breathing). At the time of diagnoses he had about 15 tumors that you could see and feel and many more internally in his liver and by his kidney.

After hoping for natural regression but seeing numerous new tumors for 5 months, on Tuesday Dec 3rd they heard the words they feared - Eli's cancer has spread to his bones and into his lungs, and they would need to start treatment. This changed his official diagnoses from stage 4S to stage 4 Neuroblastoma. The initial treatment protocol called for 8 rounds of chemo every three weeks and they started treatment on December 10th.

After 2 rounds of chemo they did a CT scan to determine if the chemo was working and the tumors were regressing. After review of this scan it has been determined that although there are no new tumors - the tumors on his lungs have grown. Most of the other tumors are showing signs of regression, however are not reacting as positively to the chemo as initially hoped.

Since things were not progressing as expected, and after a discussion with their doctors, they were referred to a Neuroblastoma specialty clinic in New York to hopefully get a better handle on their options moving forward.

The trip to New York was good and bad. They found a tumor in his spine which was very disappointing and new. Because of this tumor, it automatically pushed Eli into the high risk neuroblastoma category. The first step with this news was to get Eli into surgery to remove the tumor. While in surgery, 2 tumors in the spine were removed. Surgery was considered successful but because of the cancer now being in his central nervous system and falling into the high risk category, chemotherapy would need to be increased to a higher dose. To date Eli has had one round of the higher dose chemo, this is done outpatient 5 days in a row for 5 hours a day (2 hours pre-hydration, 1 hour of chemo, 2 hours of post-hydration). There is an obvious difference with the higher dose chemo, Eli suffered from a lot more nauseau and recovery takes significantly longer but through it all he has kept a smile on his face.

After the first round of higher dose chemo it was also recommended that Eli does a stem cell harvest, this was not easy on him. There was medication that he had to take every day for about 2 weeks that made his bones sore and made him very achy and crabby. The stem cell harvest produced enough for at least one bone marrow transplant possibly two but the goal is enough for a minimum of 3 transplants so after round 2 Eli will be going through the same process again.

They still feel they are incredibly blessed with 2 boys that are all smiles and hugs. People have made comments to them about how strong they both are and all they have to say is "We are doing what every other parent would do "“ taking care of our kids the best we can, we give a lot more kisses and hug tighter and just wait for things to settle and try to appreciate the small things more. Hopefully tomorrow is easier than today and that's all we can hope and pray for and no more new tumors." Owen has been an amazing older brother showering his brother with hugs and kisses and is not ashamed to yell at the doctors if he's in the room and they make Eli cry. Eli has astonished them with his smiles and laughter no matter how painful or nauseating the last treatment was. His engaging personality has made him a favorite to every doctor and nurse that he has met. Cammie has said, "Our life as we know it will be different, we are scared and don't have a clue what to expect but we are ready to help our little man fight any way we can!" Cammie, Aaron, Owen and Eli have a long journey ahead of them with a lot of unknowns and through all of the ups and downs and learning of Eli's cancer they have become a stronger family and have been shown true compassion, love, and support from their family and friends.

As their friends and family we ask for your support and prayers!
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/elikupsky/journal

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Update 6
Posted by Nicole Kranz
30 months ago
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Because of some additional and unknown future treatments, we have raised our goal. This is our long-term goal for how cancer will affect our family financially.

The support that we have received is nothing short of a miracle and is simply outstanding!!

Aaron, Cammie, Owen and Eli thank every single one of you and appreciate your support, love and prayers!

God bless Eli and all of you!

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/elikupsky
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Update 5
Posted by Nicole Kranz
31 months ago
I'm Eli's aunt and on behalf of Eli and our entire family (Kupsky and Benter), THANK YOU for your support!!!

Here is a link from a story on Eli that was run on WLUK channel 11 in Green Bay on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

http://fox11online.com/2014/04/29/taking-the-plunge-to-support-a-young-boy-with-cancer/

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/elikupsky
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Update 4
Posted by Nicole Kranz
31 months ago
Well, because of the support and love from all of you wonderful individuals, we are able to again move our goal up! The generosity and kindness from all of you is simply beautiful and we don't know how to thank you all but please know, we love each and every one of you for everything that you have done for us! This has been and will continue to be a long journey for Eli and his family and we cannot anticipate the costs for years to come, especially with Cammie having to be off of work now to take care of him full time after starting this second round of chemo, this being a high and dangerous dose. Knowing we have the support of so many is truly heartwarming and so remarkable. Thank you so much!!

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/elikupsky
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Update 3
Posted by Nicole Kranz
31 months ago
We increased our goal amount just this morning because after only 6 days of all of you plunging and because of your amazing support, we not only passed our first goal...we smashed it! This means more then you will ever know, we are so very grateful!

Please know, Cammie and Aaron are reading every single message you put on here and now have started a "Healing Eli" Facebook page. Please "friend" them and then tag them when you are posting your plunging videos so Eli, Owen, Aaron and Cammie can watch them all! If you have already posted it, please share it with Healing Eli! Thank you so very much for everything you have done!
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Wabyta Flak
31 months ago

Hi i want you to know the cancer cure exists i have it, its natural harmless and its very cheap (1900dls) you will heal in 3 to 6 months 214 664 1132 and give for free and you pay when you are healed if interested answer back

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Jessie Halbach
31 months ago

I honestly just found out that the "water challenge" was for charity. I've seen 50+ videos of the people on my friends list do it and maybe only two mention this.

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Billie Kmetz Berndt
31 months ago

The guy who got hurt plunging was not doing it for healing Eli it was for another fundraiser.

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Laurie Musial
31 months ago

I'm really sorry for the guy that was paralyzed, but you NEVER, NEVER dive into water that you're not sure is deep enough. A "plunge" is just that. NOT a dive. This tragedy can't and shouldn't be connected to this fundraiser. This was a foolish thing to do.

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Rita Sparks
31 months ago

I'm sorry I meant catastrophic. Spell check gets me sometimes. And I'm sorry if I sound like I have no empathy to your situation. I do. I send many prayers throughout the day. But I have seen on the news one man from Sturgis who is now paralyzed after doing the cold water challenge. I'm afraid these kids are doing this for all the wrong reasons and they're going to be more tragic accidents. Please help. This is great idea for for charity but now people don't even know what the cause is for and are just our there jumping into half frozen lakes, ponds, and rivers. A warning from you could help.

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Rita Sparks
31 months ago

Both of my teens have taken the plunge and donated. Many of their friends have also. Most for the cause of Eli. However as a concerned mother I am seeing kids trying to out do each other with jumps. As far as where they jump from, how high the jump. And today I seen some of the bets are for beer. I know with EVERYTHING you are already going through you will not want to see a cartographic thing happen to another parents child. I wonder if you could write another post telling these kids to please be careful. Thank you.

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$59,487 of $100k goal

Raised by 1,392 people in 34 months
Created February 01, 2014
KW
$25
Kim Weiss
11 months ago
$30
Andrea Maresh
21 months ago

Still thinking of you Eli! Keep fighting little man!

TR
$20
Tamara Rozmarynowski
25 months ago
SS
$50
Steven Welnicke Sr.
26 months ago

God Bless This Child.

$50
Anonymous
28 months ago
$130
Anonymous
28 months ago
TK
$1,000
Two Rivers Kiwanis
28 months ago
JC
$150
Judy Christianson
29 months ago
$20
Anonymous
29 months ago
$20
Anonymous
29 months ago
Wabyta Flak
31 months ago

Hi i want you to know the cancer cure exists i have it, its natural harmless and its very cheap (1900dls) you will heal in 3 to 6 months 214 664 1132 and give for free and you pay when you are healed if interested answer back

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Jessie Halbach
31 months ago

I honestly just found out that the "water challenge" was for charity. I've seen 50+ videos of the people on my friends list do it and maybe only two mention this.

+ Read More
Billie Kmetz Berndt
31 months ago

The guy who got hurt plunging was not doing it for healing Eli it was for another fundraiser.

+ Read More
Laurie Musial
31 months ago

I'm really sorry for the guy that was paralyzed, but you NEVER, NEVER dive into water that you're not sure is deep enough. A "plunge" is just that. NOT a dive. This tragedy can't and shouldn't be connected to this fundraiser. This was a foolish thing to do.

+ Read More
Rita Sparks
31 months ago

I'm sorry I meant catastrophic. Spell check gets me sometimes. And I'm sorry if I sound like I have no empathy to your situation. I do. I send many prayers throughout the day. But I have seen on the news one man from Sturgis who is now paralyzed after doing the cold water challenge. I'm afraid these kids are doing this for all the wrong reasons and they're going to be more tragic accidents. Please help. This is great idea for for charity but now people don't even know what the cause is for and are just our there jumping into half frozen lakes, ponds, and rivers. A warning from you could help.

+ Read More
Rita Sparks
31 months ago

Both of my teens have taken the plunge and donated. Many of their friends have also. Most for the cause of Eli. However as a concerned mother I am seeing kids trying to out do each other with jumps. As far as where they jump from, how high the jump. And today I seen some of the bets are for beer. I know with EVERYTHING you are already going through you will not want to see a cartographic thing happen to another parents child. I wonder if you could write another post telling these kids to please be careful. Thank you.

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