All Star: Elliana
Sweet sixteen-month old Elliana’s parents were shocked when they found out what they thought was fluid in their daughter’s lungs from pneumonia turned out to be Stage 3 Neuroblastoma. The large, cancerous tumor was connected to too many vital organs to remove immediately with surgery. Within days of being diagnosed with cancer, Elliana began chemotherapy treatment.
After completing five rounds of chemotherapy and little to no change in her tumor, a high risk surgery was the only option. Remarkably, Elliana's doctors were able to remove 98% of the tumor with only a few pieces remaining attached to her spinal column. These two tumor pieces are being monitored closely, with routine scans, as it is hopeful that they will remain inactive, or dormant.
It has been nine months since Elliana's surgery. She is as active and healthy as any other 2-and-a-half-year-old with a spunky, curious and kind personality. She loves playing outside, reading books, playing pretend and being in gymnastics.
Elliana's parents, Tyler and Mandy, are extremely thankful for the support they have received from the Pinky Swear Foundation during and following Elliana's treatment.
“Facing such a diagnosis puts stress on a family not only emotionally, but financially as well. Your generous gifts allowed us to keep our focus on Elliana and her treatment versus worrying about missed work,” they said. “Also, it was such a welcome treat for Elliana to be given an All-Star Weekend. Her face lit up when she saw all of her presents in the hotel room, and was all smiles while going on rides at the Mall of America - all gifts given to Elliana and her family by the Pinky Swear Foundation.”
Elliana will continue to have scans every 3-4 months to monitor the two pieces of tumor still remaining. With every scan that shows no growth since surgery, the better Elliana's prognosis is for the cancer to remain dormant permanently.