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Thirteen years after his neuroblastoma diagnosis, Eli still fights for his cure. Originally from Arkansas, Eli and his family traveled over 1,200 miles to Philadelphia to receive treatment many times, hoping it would eliminate his cancer. Now, Eli lives with his family in Philadelphia and continues to wait for the research that could finally give him a cancer free life.
17 years old
Stage IV neuroblastoma
After three years of treatment, Eli was out of options at his hometown hospital for his neuroblastoma. Conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation had failed. Their best chance to save his life was a clinical trial at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
That trial was led by Dr. John Maris, who also treated Alex Scott during her cancer fight. Eli’s family made that trip from Arkansas to Philadelphia many times over the years, always hoping it could offer Eli a cure. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation helped cover some of the travel costs too, so his family could focus on helping Eli get better. To this day, Eli continues to fight his disease while waiting for another clinical trial that could potentially make him cancer-free.
“I know that we would go to the ends of the world to save our son. I also know that we couldn’t get there without help,” said Dawn, Eli’s mom.