ALLISON'S ARMY

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R Keith Easter
on behalf of Keith Easter
 WOODBRIDGE, VA
I have been given permission by the Easters to share little Allison's story, which I'm honored to do.
As many may know, Allison had emergency surgery on Sunday, May 15th.  If you know Allison, you know a vibrant, energetic, smiling, happy toddler, so this came as a shock to all of us!
Allison had complained of not feeling well and lost her appetite.  She was taken to the doctor, who immediately directed Keith and Irma to take Allison to the emergency room.  After several studies, it was determined that Allison had a Wilms Tumor - this is an extremely rare kidney cancer, only affecting 500 children in the US.  The tumor was removed, but a kidney had to be removed, as well.  Allison will need to undergo chemotherapy and radiation as soon as she's stabilized to do so.
Currently, Allison is still in the pediatric ICU at Fairfax Children's Hospital.
I am reaching out to you to hopefully fill the obvious need that always comes with caring for a loved one.  Keith has medical insurance, but the 8 hour surgery and 6 days in ICU will likely not be covered in full.  Not to mention, Keith and Irma will be by Allison's side and away from work.
As a friend and former neighbor, the least I can do is rally those who love and care for the Easters and show them how much Allison is cared for.
Over the next couple of weeks, various forms of donation will be presented as options.  For the time-being, GoFundMe is the most efficient.  If you find it in your heart to donate, please do so and please watch for other fundraising details.
Join ALLISON'S ARMY as she fights this battle!
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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Please remember that tragically it is a battle our family faces along with thousands of other families every month.

I am sorry it has been so long since I updated this page. Allison is NED or in remission and doing well in her DFMO drug trial and slowly gaining weight. She is finally over 30 lbs at 5 years old. Only 99℅ of kids are bigger than her !! She started Kindergarten last week and we are truly blessed for that !! We ask for prayers as she will have scans next month and we pray they remain clear.

Please remember and pray for all the children warriors that are in heaven and that are still fighting this monster!! Maybe even donate or volunteer your time to an organization that helps children and families, like Ellie's Hats or Team Mathias that help Allison so much.

We finally got the Star Act passed and signed into law this year, now we go back to Congress to make sure it is fully funded. We also ask for the White House to "Go Gold" this September!! Please email your House and Senate representative and the President to make sure we get the Star Act Law funded and finally make our precious children our nation's priority !!

Thank you to everyone in Allison's Army for all you love, support and prayers for Allison over the past two years. After 2 years and three months of intense treatments and 2.5 million dollars later, she is doing well and NED or in remission for 16 months. Her DFMO drug trial is going well and we pray everyday she will stay in remission. We also pray for all her friends and other children that are still fighting this battle.
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Today is International Children's Cancer Day. Please remember all the children warriors fighting this monster and all the ones that are now angels. Our government spends over 5 billion a year on cancer research but only 3.8℅ goes for childhood cancer research. This is so not right especially since cancer is the number one killer of children. The average loss of life is 71 years for a child with cancer and only 15 years for an adult. What kind of investment is this in our future. We need Congress to finally pass the Star Act bill to increase funding for childhood cancer research. Please contact you Congressman and Senator and demand they pass this bill and give our children a fighting chance to have a future. #morethan4

Allison had her hearing aid molds made today. She did a great job. No surprise that she picked all pink. Overall, she is doing pretty well with her DFMO trial with no real side effects and she has a lot of energy. She is eating pretty well but we are still trying to get her to gain weight.
Allison getting her hearing aid molds made today.
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After a very long week with an emergency room visit and Allison fighting an RSV infection and pneumonia, Allison was finally able to come home from the hospital today. Unlike last year, she will be home for Christmas this year !!
Allison, her sister and Mom leaving the hospital on Christmas eve !!
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Last Friday, Allison started a two year phase 2 DFMO trial that will hopefully keep her in remission. She will have to take the drug Difluoromethylornithine (DFMO) twice a day. There are less than 300 children, only in the US, doing this phase 2 trial. The initial results are very promising with an 88% no relapse and a 98% survival rate after two years. Normally, Neuroblastoma has a 50% relapse rate within two years. There are also very little side effects from the drug.

We now have to go to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughter (CHKD) in Norfolk every month for tests and to pick up her drugs. She will also have scans and tests every three months. Since I graduated from Cox High School in Virginia Beach and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, I plan to make our trips to the hospital a weekend event so the girls can visit local sites and the beach.

Thank you everyone for your continued support and prayers for our brave little warrior.
Allison seeing our good family friend Ronald, at his house next to CHKD in Norfolk.
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R Keith Easter
39 months ago

I am touched by the fact my friends would do this for our little Allison and our family. Our little Allison is a beautiful and feisty little girl. With Gods help and support of family, friends, and even strangers, she can beat this. Thank you to everyone for the love, support, and prayers. God bless you all !!

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Norine Mauna
39 months ago
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Poor Mr. Easters. As a parent who has had a child in the hospital as well I know what they are going through and know exactly how they are feeling and I hope with all the prayers they are receiving and all the comfort that they find some peace within everything. My prayers and thought are with him and his family.

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Dave Willmore
32 months ago
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Merry Christmas!! and what great news. God Bless

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Dave Willmore
32 months ago
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May God bless and keep your family and give your daughter strength and healing. You are all in the heart of my family and in our prayers.

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R Keith Easter
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I am touched by the fact my friends would do this for our little Allison and our family. Our little Allison is a beautiful and feisty little girl. With Gods help and support of family, friends, and even strangers, she can beat this. Thank you to everyone for the love, support, and prayers. God bless you all !!

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Norine Mauna
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Poor Mr. Easters. As a parent who has had a child in the hospital as well I know what they are going through and know exactly how they are feeling and I hope with all the prayers they are receiving and all the comfort that they find some peace within everything. My prayers and thought are with him and his family.

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Merry Christmas!! and what great news. God Bless

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Dave Willmore
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May God bless and keep your family and give your daughter strength and healing. You are all in the heart of my family and in our prayers.

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