Supporting Elizabeth through her Fight!

This afternoon a few of our board members made a trip to visit a teenage girl, Elizabeth, and her family to drop off a special gift for her and a couple things for her brothers.

We had met Elizabeth’s Mom at one of our events and when she reached out to us we felt something like this was right up our alley and we got moving to make it happen.

Elizabeth is still recovering from a stem cell transplant so we limited our time and kept our distance, but you can clearly see by the smile on her face in the picture below it was a big success.

The following was taken from her page Elizabeth’s Fight to give you a little background on her story for the last 18 months. (The original post was from July.)

Our beautiful daughter, Elizabeth, has been battling cancer for the last 14 months.  She was an active volleyball player and played the cello for her school.  That all stopped in April 2021 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.  Elizabeth was 14 years old and a Freshman in High School when we learned she had cancer.  This is her journey.  When she was admitted to the Children’s Hospital she had to have surgery to remove a large lymph node in her neck and put in a port.  They started chemo right away.  For 6 months she went to the hospital every other week to receive chemotherapy and immunotherapy as an outpatient.   When she was done with the treatments in October the nurses had a “No More Chemo” celebration for her!  By November they removed her port.  Then in February 2022 Elizabeth had to have a Pet Scan, bone marrow and lymph node biopsies to see how she was doing.  Unfortunately, we found out the cancer was NOT gone.  They diagnosed her now with recurring Hodgkin Lymphoma, which is harder to cure.  So she had to have surgery again to have a central line put in.  She now became an inpatient to receive 4 rounds (4 days each) of stronger chemotherapy.  The doctors told us that she would not be able to get rid of this type of cancer without even stronger chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.  So June 13th Elizabeth was admitted to the hospital to start this long process.  She began with 6 days of STRONG chemo followed up by a stem cell transplant.  She is feeling the side effects of this chemo, but is fighting hard.  Her journey is not over as she will have to stay in the hospital for 2 more weeks to gain her strength back.  Please keep our daughter in your prayers.

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