Honored Kid

Gianna Rose Eliason

Gianna Rose Eliason Kid Photo

Location

Chalfont, PA, US

Diagnosis

Hepatoblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

November 2003

Status

Angel

Treated At

Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children of the Nemours Foundation Johns Hopkins Children's Center

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My Story

Gia was born prematurely at 30 weeks. She spent her 1st 3 months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Shortly after birth she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a life shortening illness that impacts the lungs and digestion. After coming home she spent the next 3 years at home. She was always happy and loved to play with others. A few months after her 3rd birthday, she was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma. Gia passed away during a liver transplant surgery. Months before her 4th birthday Gia was the best present that anyone could ever imagine and she was given to us. Her life was filled with countless magical moments. Her smile was contagious and her energy was inspiring. Yes, Gia was a preemie. Yes, Gia had Cystic Fibrosis. Yes, Gia had cancer. BUT, these are just words. Gia did not suffer; Gia was not in pain, Gia did not complain EVER! Even after eight months of intense chemo, you would not have guessed that Gia was sick. Gia had the uncanny ability to smile at an unsuspecting stranger and quickly stun them by slipping off her hat. She was able to change people's thoughts of childhood cancer without using words. www.eliasonfamily.info

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