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Everly Settlemyer

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As a 2-year-old, Everly has the most vibrant and kind personality her mom has ever known. She loves classic cars, motorcycles, dinosaurs, unicorns and pizza!

Everly was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma two days before Christmas 2022. Her only symptom ended up being a main symptom of her cancer: random bruising on both her eye lids. She went through eight rounds of intermediate chemotherapy treatment but then had tumor growth at the end of it. It wasn’t until later her doctors found out her tumor biopsy was read incorrectly, and Everly was supposed to be in the high-risk category the entire time. She is now at a new hospital on a high-risk protocol.

Her mother, Kayla, just hopes to see Everly be happy and have a simple life. Everly is her hero for many reasons, but most of all because she has seen her little body go through things that would absolutely traumatize an adult. She is always astounded that at the end of the day she is still so loving.

Kayla wants other families who may be facing a childhood cancer diagnosis to know how important it is to be your child’s biggest and loudest advocate. She says to never settle for mediocre answers and care. While it is the hardest journey you’ll ever walk, it will be even harder if you don’t stay on top of everything happening.

To Kayla, foundations like Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation are some of the greatest advocates for families. “I hope this organization gets the word out of childhood cancer and gets more funding for research,” she said. “The children deserve treatment targeted for them and not for adult cancer.”

“Rawr! Dinosaur!” – Everly

Information provided by Kayla R., Evelyn’s mom
Updated August 2023

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