Honored Kid

Ella F.

Age 5
Ella F. Kid Photo


Medina, OH, US


DIPG - diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma

Date of Diagnosis

February 2020


In treatment

Treated At

Akron Children's Hospital Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

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My Story

On February 4th, 2020 (world cancer day), our lives changed forever. Ella had been complaining of headaches sporadically for two weeks before we we met with her pediatrician, who then referred us to neurology. The appointment with UH was scheduled for 2/24, but when the headaches started increasing in frequency, Ella’s mom contacted Akron Children’s and got her in the following Tuesday at 9am. The neurologist ordered a stat CT and when that came back it showed a golf ball size mass on her brain stem. A brain tumor. “Jesus” was the first word out of my mouth. I needed Jesus there in that room at that moment. From there we were escorted to PICU where teams started coordinating for an MRI. The time spent in the room waiting on the MRI was a time of worship and prayer. At about 7pm they wheeled Ella back into the room and explained that Ella had a “rare”, inoperable, incurable, terminal brain tumor. The worst news. They told us our baby is going to die from this but after much prayer, biblical guidance from friends, pastors, and strangers, and time spent reading God’s word we realized that they don’t get to decide that. Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “with man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God” 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 money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.

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