Just after her second birthday, Lila May was diagnosed with a devastating childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. This is how her grandmother, Fire Mountain’s own IT manager Ellen, helped raise money and awareness for a cause–and person–so dear to her heart.
In September of 2012, just after her second birthday, Ellen’s granddaughter Lila May was diagnosed with a devastating childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. There was no warning; no behavioral changes; no visual evidence of cancer. One day she was fine; one day she wasn’t. The “terrible twos” had a much different meaning for Lila May.
Ellen’s favorite Fire Mountain Gems product to make to support her cause is the Almost Instant Jewelry line. Ellen is able to craft beautiful pieces of jewelry in just minutes.
Lila underwent chemotherapy, tumor removal surgery, radiation, a stem cell replacement and immunotherapy. While Lila has been in remission twice, the doctors have recently discovered a new brain tumor which has caused the loss of hearing in her left ear. The cancer has also migrated to her bones.
Lila is undergoing a new experimental treatment in Michigan (she lives in Oregon). Lila also tried an experimental treatment in New York, but unfortunately, that one did not prove helpful for her. Medical and travel expenses have been exorbitant.
Lila May’s supporters have organized two “tutu” trots in Hood River, Oregon, organized worldwide virtual runs and raised awareness about neuroblastoma to all who subscribed to her web page. The response to her plight has been overwhelming and humbling. From all over the globe, words of encouragement, financial support, cards, prayers and gifts have owed in. No matter how bad Lila May is feeling, she perks up at the presence of cards addressed to her. If you would like to send Lila May some words of hope, please write to her at: Lila May, c/o Ellen Smith, P.O. Box 597, Gold Hill, OR 97525.
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