Elliott was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma on September 8, 2021, just weeks before his second birthday. His parents and our dear friends, Zeyno and Tyler, noticed that he was having trouble walking, and when they took him to the pediatrician, they were advised to bring him to the hospital immediately. There, doctors identified bone loss and, within one week, diagnosed him with stage 4 cancer. Neuroblastoma is a rare form of cancerous tumor in the sympathetic nervous system that almost always occurs in children. We are shocked and saddened that Tyler and Zeyno, who recently lost both her parents to cancer, now have to contend with the grave illness of their son.
Elliott started chemotherapy on September 16, 2021 as the first stage of a two-year intense treatment plan that also includes surgery, radiation therapy, stem cells transplant, longer-term immunotherapy, and potentially a clinical trial study. Zeyno and Tyler are planning to move near the hospital as soon as possible. Zeyno’s precarious employment contract as an academic ended one week before Elliott’s hospitalization, and while she is looking for work, doctors have advised that at least one parent should not work for the next 18 months, to be able to give Elliott the hands-on care he needs. We are collecting funds to help them pay for rent, mounting medical and other expenses, and transport to and from the hospital.
Many of you have asked how you can help. Alleviating the additional financial stress they are facing will allow them to focus their care and attention on Elliott, as they begin what is undoubtedly one of the most difficult experiences any parent can have. Please share this fundraiser with others and donate as generously as you can.