Elizabeth

 

Elizabeth is the middle of three siblings: older sister Patricia, and younger brother, Nicholas. Elizabeth was a busy 8 year old fearless tomboy, with a silly sense of humor, and amazing smile. She loved playing softball. After complaining of pain in her leg and abdomen, Elizabeth began a series of doctor visits. A month later, on March 2, 2009, Elizabeth was diagnosed with Pelvic Ewing's Sarcoma. She was immediately admitted to the University of Virginia Hospital and commenced chemotherapy on March 3, 2009. For the next ten months, she underwent intensive in-patient chemotherapy, several surgeries, and rehabilitation. On July 2, 2009, she had a hemipelvectomy to remove her hip and top of her femur, (replacing the top of her leg with a titanium prosthetic). She completed chemo on December 9, 2009, and when Elizabeth's central line was finally removed, life began to return to "normal." She is attending school, continues physical therapy, and all of her scan results and blood work continue to show remission. Easter 2010, she received her first real live Easter duckling! Another addition to the fun with her family. Elizabeth LOVES to swim, play on the beach, and as she said "PARTY!" In April 2010 she made her television debut on her local news station (WDBJ), where she was interviewed about her experience. She is currently looking forward to her Make-A-Wish trip to Maui.

See www.WDBJ7.com for her interview!

Visit her site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/unstoppable.

* Pelvic Ewing's is a sub-type of Ewing's Sarcoma, and has a 50% survival rate. Ewing's Sarcoma is a highly aggressive and malignant form of pediatric bone cancer, which can be found in both bone and soft tissue. Ewing's is caused by a genetic accident, which occurs when two chromosomes transpose at the time of fetal development. The recurrence rate for Ewing's is 50%, and has no known cure for recurrence.