Help Ellery Clark Karate Chop Cancer!
In early May 2019, 5 year old Ellery Clark woke up one morning with two large lumps in her neck. Immediately concerned, her parents, Ian and Ariane took her to McMaster Children's hospital in Hamilton, Ontario to get checked out. The doctors were initially flummoxed, but a series of tests and subsequent hospital visits over the next few weeks eventually landed Ellery with a diagnosis that is every parent's worst nightmare: Cancer.
Ellery is fighting an extremely rare form of aggressive cancer in her head and neck called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma: as few as 12 people in Canada are diagnosed annually. She will undergo 6-9 months of treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation.
Ellery and her mum Ariane, a small business owner, are known and loved by so many in the community. Ellery is a child that often defies adjectives to describe her: she is beautiful, selfless, sweet, feisty and truly marches to the beat of her own drum. It is almost unfathomable to think of such a sweet young girl afflicted by such an awful illness. She went from playing and running around with her younger twin sisters Ava and Rory only a few weeks ago, to needing extreme doses of morphine to make it through the day.
Any funds raised will go directly to the Clark family to help them navigate treatment effectively, helping to keep the family together, with their sole focus on helping Ellery get better. Any amount, large or small, will help.
We thank you for your donations, thoughts, wishes and prayers to help this little girl karate-chop her way through this diagnosis and emerge her beautiful, radiant self on the other side of treatment.
This fund has been created by the friends and family of the Clark family.
As Ellery continues to fight, we will add information in the "Updates" section for those in the gofundme community.
For those local, please visit:
Ellery's Army Facebook Page for updates, events and ways our community is showing this family so much love.
Thank you so much for your continued support!
Somebody’s excited that big sister is HOME ♀️♀️ We were officially discharged last night and it was one of the most intense days so far. Between trying to organize our home nurse visit and learning everything that goes with caring for her ourselves, acquiring and dispensing almost a dozen meds multiple times a day, getting the run down on how outpatient clinic works, packing up our bajillion crafts and everything else we’ve accumulated from 2 months in hospital, figuring out how to get ourselves to radiation at the cancer hospital, etc etc. Going home doesn’t necessarily have any reflection on her cancer prognosis, it just means she’s stable enough to not have to be monitored by a team of professionals around the clock. We still have a long road, and likely another round of radiation next year, but I’m calling this a win, because that’s how it feels. ✨Thank you to everyone who’s supported us to get to this point.
Unfortunately, Ellery’s condition has worsened. The cancer is now metastasized (stage 4) and is in Ellery’s head, neck and spine. Treatment that was initially scheduled to start within two months has been ramped up to happen immediately, as the doctors are very concerned about the rapid rate of growth of the tumours. Ellery started both chemotherapy and radiation within 10 days of her diagnosis.
The family of 5 is now looking at a minimum of 6-9 months without any income as they navigate Ellery’s treatment. Ellery’s team of doctors are now researching alternative therapies in case the chemo and radiation cannot get ahead of the tumour. Along with these new treatment options come additional expenses. These forms of treatment are new, expensive, and may possibly require Ellery and a parent to travel to receive them.
Ellery is now on constant high doses of painkillers, and very lethargic throughout much of the day. Treatment has been very rough on her tiny little body. She has been surrounded with toys and gifts and love and light from all her friends and family, and her parents are staying positive and focused.
The family is absolutely blown away by the amount of love and support they have received so far, but they have a long road ahead of them. As such, we have upped the target for funds raised to ensure that the last thing they need to worry about is whether they can afford a type of treatment, and put their sole focus on doing everything in their power to help Ellery get through this.
We are here to fight for this little firecracker and her amazing family.
Thank you for your continued support and donations thus far. Please share far and wide - The Clark family deserves it.
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