Help Ellie Crush Cancer
My 2 1/2 year old niece, Ellie Hanney, recently had two surgeries to remove the majority of a tumor from the base of her brain. We are relieved she did well in surgery but she has a long road ahead of her with chemotherapy, radiation treatments and both physical and occupational therapy.
The diagnosis was especially devastating because when Ellie and her twin brother were only one years old their mother, Katie, was diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer. We are grateful her prognosis is good and for now the doctors have given her a clean bill of health.
Just when they were starting to recuperate emotionally and financially from Katie's cancer journey Ellie started to get sick.
Ellie's family now are dealing with a second major illness. In addition to balancing time with Ellie in the hospital and raising her two brothers they both have fulltime jobs with limited paid family leave. Again, this couple are dealing with high deductibles, multitudes of copays and out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance.
Any size donation will be greatly appreciated. My hope is that if enough people participate, the stress and burden will be lifted so they can focus on tending to sweet Ellie. Even small donations of $5 and $10 will eventually add up. Just take a look at other gofundme campaigns that have raised thousands of dollars with small donations.
Thank you for reading about this sweet family who are hurting and worried about their little Ellie. I know they will be feeling the love and support from an extended web community.
As an update, Ellie is still in the PICU at Women's and Children's in Columbia and has been there since the start of this ordeal. She has had 3 of her 4 chemotherapy treatments and the final one is pending.
Ellie has been struggling with respiratory issues, maintaining appropriate fluid levels and keeping her blood counts up.
Once she completes her final chemotherapy round and has recovered to the point of being able to leave the PICU, we are looking into transferring her to St. Louis to the Children's Hospital for radiation. The Siteman Cancer center can treat Ellie with proton beam radiation.
Due to the possibility of Ellie needing to be in St. Louis for 6-7 weeks, Katie has decided to take a leave of absence from teaching this school year. Since she has tenure, she will have a job next year, but she will not be receiving a salary.
I have raised the funding goal to help meet this loss of income in hopes that not only can we cover Ellie's medical bills but also travel back and forth between Columbia and St. Louis and continue to provide for Ellie's brothers.
Again, thank you so much for your generosity, the whole family greatly appreciate it!