Update: After fighting for nearly 4 1/2 years, our best girl went to be in Heaven on August 22, 2018. We are broken, but we will not stop fighting this fight. Please help us.
If you would like to see more of Elayna's journey, please search for Team Elayna on Facebook and join the group. I have posted there since her original diagnosis.
We have been fundraising for Unravel since Elayna's initial fight with cancer and are proud of the money that is raised through fluttering and sharing our journey. You've all made this possible and we know that this money is being used to further pediatric cancer research. Thank you!
We flutter in memory of Elayna Grace, and in hopes of saving other children like her.
Elayna was diagnosed in April of 2014 (at 5 years old) with stage 3 kidney cancer. We watched our sweet girl's life change in an instant. She had major surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation, and when treatment ended we celebrated remission, but ten months later we were told that she had relapsed. It was the new worst day of our lives. We knew that her treatment would be even harder and longer, and that our chances of beating it weren't as great. She had to fight even harder the second time, completing extremely toxic treatment, and again celebrated remission. Sadly, we learned in fall of 2016 that she had relapsed again and her fight was far from over. In fact, she continued to fight for her life until last month when she passed away at the age of 9, on August 22nd.
Watching her fight the third time was excruciating. The worst part was that there has been no direct treatment path since our first time through treatment- and that is directly because of a lack in funding for pediatric cancer research. Elayna believed that we need more research and treatment options, and that is why she spent countless hours fluttering homes the past few years. It’s too late to save her, but its not too late for so many others.
You would think that Elayna would've felt sorry for herself. What she did instead is enjoyed every minute of her life. She inspired so many people. While other children are wishing for toys, she was wishing for a cure for all children with cancer. So am I.
I believe that Unravel can help us cure childhood cancer, and that is why I will continue to spend the month of September fluttering, even if its hard to do without Elayna by my side. Please consider donating in honor of children who continue to fight, and in memory of children like Elayna, who are so very missed. – Elayna’s mother
THANK YOU. Sincerely. It means so much. It really does.
About Unravel Pediatric Cancer:
Unravel is a nonprofit organization working to spread knowledge about the grim realities of pediatric cancer and the devastating impact from the lack of funding. We supply the information, tools and support to individuals and communities that want to help create change; because good people want to do good things but sometimes they need help getting started. All monies raised by and for Unravel will go directly to the fight against pediatric cancer.
In addition, Unravel partners with other nonprofits to strengthen our efforts. We do all of this with one goal in mind; we will unravel pediatric cancer.
Please visit https://unravelpediatriccancer.org/about/what-we-support/ for more information.