Ali Rogers Ali Rogers

First post: Jun 28, 2021 Latest post: Feb 8, 2024
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We have created this page to keep friends and family updated on Ali’s progress as it’s often hard to update individually. We appreciate each and every one of you who are keeping Ali in your thoughts and prayers and are sending her encouragement.  We have no doubt she will beat this cancer and every bit of support she gets along the way will help her do it! 

Where we are:

Ali restarted chemotherapy treatments on 7/28/2021 at the UW Children's hospital in Madison, WI.   

The beginning:

Ali was diagnosed on April 14, 2021 with left distal femur Osteosarcoma (a rare pediatric bone cancer) ten days prior to her 12th Birthday. Ali had been experiencing pain and swelling in her left leg and thought she sustained an injury while playing soccer with her friends.  We made an appointment with her pediatrician which took place on April 7th.  Her doctor ordered an X-ray of her leg and immediately upon returning home from the appointment we received the call that Ali had a tumor located at the base of her femur bone, knee, and soft tissue.  An MRI of her leg and biopsy of her tumor were ordered and took place over the next several days. 

Ali was admitted to the UW Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI the day after her diagnosis and immediately started chemotherapy to aggressively attack the tumor and any microscopic amounts of osteosarcoma in her body.  All of Ali’s chemotherapy treatments are inpatient and require a hospitalization stay between 3-5+ days. The oncology team estimates that Ali will continue chemotherapy treatments through spring 2022. 

On June 21st, Ali completed her 10th week of chemotherapy and was released from the hospital.  At this point, she had spent 25 days and nights at the Children's hospital receiving treatment.   

Surgery to remove her tumor was performed on June 29th by Dr. Gitelis at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.  Dr. Gitelis is a world-renowned expert who specializes in Osteosarcoma, including limb salvage surgery.  Surgery was a huge success!  Dr. Gitelis was able to remove the cancerous tumor from her bone, knee and soft tissue.  6 inches of her femur bone and knee were resected and replaced with a metal implant.   Ali started physical therapy after surgery and is diligently working to rebuild strength in her leg.        

 * Please note that a "Tribute" is a donation to CaringBridge and not the family.  The links for help are above in “ways to help”.  Thank you in advance for your support and for being a part of our journey.  We will keep you updated throughout this process as often as possible. 

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