Elodie (Tanya Hekimian-Elodie’s Mom)

44052496_157621334396378_r.jpegPosted by Tanya Hekimian, Elodie’s mom. Sixteen year old Elodie has recently been diagnosed with a germ cell tumor which is a type of ovarian cancer. She had a 2.5 pound tumor and one ovary removed in November. Her tumor was roughly the size of a rotisserie chicken and tested partially malignant requiring chemotherapy.

Elodie needs your help. She starts aggressive chemo next week. Losing hair is hard for anyone, and especially for a sixteen year old girl. We are trying to raise money for her cold cap so we can try and save her hair. Cold cap is not covered by her current insurance and will cost around $8k. We are also trying to raise funds to help her family cover some additional expenses beyond what insurance will pay towards her treatment.

Cold cap is not guaranteed to work but she wants to try it so she can go back to school with her own hair after chemo if possible.

Elodie has such a positive spirit and has been an inspiration to everyone around her. Her sense of humor has made this journey easier to bear. The moment she found out she had a tumor she decided to name it: Kimberly. She even had a #FKimberly party to inspire everyone around her to celebrate her strength.

Elodie is not the only person in her family with cancer at this time. Her father who lost his job in 2016 recently had a brain tumor return and had brain surgery in 2018. He is currently on a clinical experimental drug trial and has also been having skin cancer issues. Elodie’s Mom returned to work to help their family meet these new expenses. Elodie’s parents have put their divorce on hold to focus on Elodie and her health issues. They are both having to take time off from work to alternate being with her during her treatments. This family has been hit with many things all at once and any help is much appreciated.

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Team Elodie 
Los Angeles, CA
Tanya Hekimian 
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