Alice's Fight Against Cancer
Thanks for taking a moment to read about 10 month old Alice Marie, daughter of SGT Clayton and Shea Gerrian. Alice was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer, in July 2016. Alice receives treatment at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. SGT Gerrian is an active duty Army NCO for USUHS, currently stationed at Ft. Meade, Maryland; the family hails from Rushville, Indiana.
Baby Alice Marie has a malignant tumor at the base of her spine. The tumor is against the sacral vertebrea and has invaded the nerves controlling her right leg, bowels, bladder and other important functions.
On July 12, as she turned 10 months old, the oncology and neurosurgeons at John Hopkins attempted to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Unfortunately, the surgery was unable to extract the majority of the mass.
Biopsy results on the extracted tissue has revealed this to be the lesser aggressive of the types of neuroblastoma, with an excellent prognosis. This form of malignant tumor can also act more dormant, as though it were benign.
We're happily in "treatment" for the long haul. :-) Alice will need to travel to John's Hopkins for oncology labs/tests every 90 days for the next 2 years, then somewhat less until 5 years pass. In that time, they're hoping a healthy immune system, good nutrition and growth will render the tumor smaller or inactive. If not, they'll immediately go into more classical treatment. Who knows, in the next few years, there could be a cure.
This GoFundMe account is intended to help the family defer the cost of medical expenses, specialized diet and hospital stays. All of these expenses create a unique and ongoing hardship on the family budget.
Thank you for your support of this active duty soldier, his wife and thier beloved infant daughter in this difficult time. Alice's doctor says her prognosis following treatment is very good. We will regularly update Alice's condition and story; please sign up for updates below.
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The neuroblastoma tumor hadn't made any significant reduction at the last test, and we're hoping for a more favorable report this time.
The kids' Army assignment at Ft. Meade is coming to a close. They've resigned to a contract that allows only for assignment at a hospital proficient in neuroblastoma care.
Thanks for your ongoing payer and support of Alice Marie... We so appreciate you, and send you love.
We are sending our warmest wishes to you all, and pray your Christmas and New Year are full of peace and happiness.
Alice's Nana, Alison
Alice received WONDERFUL news today ~ its actually stunning.
Alice's neuroblastoma has not spread to any other part of her body! The DNA tests on the tissue show that, while it is a malignant, it is the lesser aggressive of the types of tumor. In essence, although it is cancer, it's acting like a benign tumor.
The treatment is very conservative. For the next 60 days, they'll watch her closely and monitor her tumor reduction or growth; best of all, no chemotherapy or radiation! If there's been no change, they'll continue to follow the "keep her healthy immune system healthy" path, allowing her to grow, gain healthy weight, etc.
Clayton and Shea are understandably overjoyed that she's not going through chemo or radiation at such a young age. The oncologists at Johns Hopkins believe that with a strengthening immune system and normal growth, her body can battle the tumor. There is a high percentage chance she will never see metastatic changes due to the type of neuroblastoma it is. Sounds to good to be true... yes. It can't be removed without catastrophic consequences, so this is a wonderful medical option. We're thrilled.
So, back to the hospital every 90 days for MRI's, for the next 2 years, plus the 'stuff' you'd expect like labs, etc. Best of all... Alice can come home for her birthday and see all her friends and family with fewer worries and precautions. Life might just level out for a bit. :-)
Thank you for all your prayers and support... We're encouraged that it was caught so early, and that her prognosis is good!
With great hope,
I am overjoyed to hear this news. I have been praying and fasting for Sweet Baby Alice! Thank God!
Thanks so much for the updates. Little Alice is in my thoughts constantly. Will keep praying for a speedy recovery and good outcomes.