7-year-old Faith is battling a malignant brain tumor. She stole our hearts with her precious words, “My favorite present is being home.” Hear Faith’s story from her mom, Tana, during one of Faith’s chemotherapy treatments.
Emma was diagnosed with Philadelphia-chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) when she was 11 years old. But for Emma, losing was not an option. After three years of remission, Emma’s cancer returned and she came to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for a bone marrow transplant.
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is home to one of the nation’s best children’s cancer programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. U-M’s pediatric bone marrow transplant program is the largest and most experienced in Michigan. From early and accurate diagnosis capabilities, to effective treatment and improving life-long quality of life for cancer survivors, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is committed to being the Leaders and Best for children with cancer.
Learn more at http://www.mottchildren.org/cancer.
THE WHAT? SERIES: Managing the Cancer Battle featuring Courtney, Childhood Cancer Survivor,
P.N.E.T. Ewings Sarcoma, Primitive Nuero Ectodermo Tumor
(#1103) December 20th 2014
THE WHAT? SERIES is a non-profit cancer education web series presenting raw, honest questions and answers constructed in the hope of removing some of the fears around cancer and empowering the viewer with knowledge and understanding. In this series you will be introduced to cancer fighters, medical professionals and caregivers from all walks of life sharing their experiences and their understanding in the support of others.
This program is an extension of the feature film WHAT THE F@#- IS CANCER AND WHY DOES EVERYBODY HAVE IT?. Both were created by filmmaker Allison W. Gryphon in response to her April 2011 stage 3a breast cancer diagnosis. THE WHAT? SERIES is brought to you by THE WHY? FOUNDATION.
On the 20th of each month, twenty-five episodes of The What? Series will be posted to The Why? Foundation’s You Tube page. One webisode per day will be featured on The Why? Foundation’s Facebook page and sent out via Twitter.
Written, Directed and Edited by Allison W. Gryphon
Producer by Justin Stirling, Alan Caudillo, Mary Elizabeth Gentle, Alia Tarraf & Allison W. Gryphon
Associate Producers: Jacqueline Reyno & Amanda Weir
For more information visit us at www.thewhyfoundation.org
#BRAVEKID (CNN)This 7-year-old’s last-day-of-school photo is melting hearts for more than that adorable smile.
There’s a good reason this last-day-of-school photo is melting hearts
By Amber Van Dam, CNN
Updated 3:38 PM ET, Fri June 9, 2017
(CNN)This 7-year-old’s last-day-of-school photo is melting hearts for more than that adorable smile.
When Sophi Eber began kindergarten, she was in the fight of her young life with stage IV neuroblastoma. On her very first day, her mother snapped a photo of her baby beaming, despite the uncomfortable accessories that come with cancer treatment.
Six rounds of chemo, 14 rounds of radiation, one nine-hour surgery and immune system stimulants later, Sophi’s done with her first year of school, and with cancer.
Mom Bethany Eber said she posted the end-of-year photo as a way to offer encouragement to other families like hers.
“When you are in those trenches, it’s hard to see beyond,” she told CNN. “For these other cancer families, it was hope for their kid.”
Sophi’s chances of relapse are high. So she’ll continue with screenings and tests every three months for the next five years.
That’s not getting her down, though.
Sophi’s giddy about her new internet fame. Since her mom posted the photo on Reddit, it’s received more than 150,000 “upvotes.”
“It feels amazing, I’ve always wanted to do this ever since I was a little kid,” Sophi told CNN affiliate WDAF about her newfound fame.
Her mom has no doubt there are big things in the future for her little girl.
“With what she’s gone through, her brain and her heart and all of the things put together, she can change the world,” her mom said. “And I fully expect her to.”
But first Sophie has the summer to get through. And she’ll do it in a very 7-year-old sort of way: at the pool. (Read Full Story: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/09/health/end-of-school-year-photo-trnd/index.html)
UPDATE: Jan. 2015 Riley had another recurrence in July 2013. She had another craniotomy where they were able to remove 90-95% of the tumor, she then had a stem cell transplant in Oct. 2013. 6 weeks after the transplant, there was no sign of the residual tumor!! She had scans on Jan 5, 2015 and she still has No Evidence of Disease (NED)!! She is currently attending school and trying to get back to living her life like a “normal” 14 year old!!
UPDATE: July 2012 – Recurrence confirmed…completed 5 sessions of Cyber Knife treatment, waiting for Sept to have next scan to see if it worked! She continues to be positive & an inspiration to everyone that knows her!!
The courage of a child is amazing and regardless of the struggles she faced, how she always kept a smile on her face!! SHE IS MY HERO!! This is a glimpse into my daughter Riley’s battle with cancer. In 2008, when she was 7, she was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma – a malignant brain tumor. We almost lost her in Feb 2009 when she went into septic shock after contracting Pneumonia. She is still facing many obstacles from the effects of her treatment but she is still alive and still CANCER FREE!!!