Elizabeth is living with residual disease in her bone marrow
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical CenterSt. Louis Children's Hospital
Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and treasure with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. Some superheroes wears capes...I wear a cape and a crown!
Shortly after my 12th birthday after MONTHS of misdiagnosis and persistence on from my parents...their worst nightmare was confirmed...CANCER. It wasn't an athletic injury that had been plaguing me, but cancer it was EVERYWHERE. My journey to that diagnosis and even with diagnosis was filled with twists and turns...once cancer was diagnosed...it wasn't even the correct type of cancer. My parents were met with "we would like to tell you it was lyphoma and actually we wish it was," but that didn't stop them or me from believing in HOPE. I've beat the odds more than once, in fact, I've had oncology members tell me I shouldn't be here, but here I am! At diagnosis, 95% of my body was involved with a cancer known as NEUROBLATOMA. Let that sink in for a moment... If my parents had not been persistent, I would not have seen my next birthday or the birthday after that. Heck I wouldn't have even seen the next month.
We need better treatments, but honestly we need better diagnosis which will lead to more cures! I recently completed a documentary called "The Promise" I would encourage you to watch the first episode in the docuseries that will give you a glimpse into our lives and the need to work for a greater cause. NO family should ever have to go through what ours and so many others have had too!
In August of 2017, I formed a platform known as Crowns Fight Cancer when I as a cancer patient was crowned Jr. Miss Effingham County Fair Queen. It was in that moment, I realized I had the ability to change the world with or without hair. Girls just like me would see that beauty isn't on the outside, but on the inside. I had a louder voice because of a crown that could fight back against cancer. I could motivate and illustrate the need to become champions for not merely a cause, but our lives!
Join me, and others in the fight to raise awareness, but more importantly take ACTION against childhood cancer. I maybe 14, but I've lived a LIFETIME of adult experiences!
Elizabeth, Stage IV Neuroblastoma Warrior
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