Ella Byrd McKeirnan

First post: 4/5/2017 Latest post: 1/14/2018
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If interested in wrist bands, please contact or text Ella’s cousin, Grace Cooper  (509) 828-0297  or friend, Eva Kennar (509) 491-2668.  Grace and Eva have graciously offered to mail them out if needed.   A $1 donation for the  wrist bands plus shipping is appreciated.  All proceeds go to  The Community Cancer Fund.
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In early April, 2017 Ella was diagnosed with a form of cancer called “Metastatic Ewing’s Sarcoma” after presenting with a consistent cough that did not improve with treatments.  Metastatic Ewing’s Sarcoma usually occurs in the bones or soft tissue around the bones. It is a developmental pediatric tumor that is most common in 10 to 20 year olds.  It is rare, with only around 250 new cases every year in the United States.  Ella’s Ewing’s Sarcoma is called “metastatic” as it has spread to other parts of her body.  When originally diagnosed, Ella had approximately  20 tumors in her lungs, 2 in her pelvis, 1 in the big toe and 1 in her right upper arm. Ella will receive a combination of chemo, radiation and holistic therapy for her treatment.  Her chemo therapy started in mid April and will last until sometime in January, 2018.  All her chemo treatments will be administered to her in the hospital as an in-patient.  Her chemo treatments will be rigorous with approximatley 7-10 scheduled days in the hospital for every 28 days.  Ella will start radiation therapy to her pelvis at the end of July, 2018 and they will continue 5 days a week for 6 weeks.  At the end of chemo treatments (sometime in January 2018), Ella will receive whole lung radiation and radiation to other metastatic sites.  In addition to her chemo and radiation treatments, we can expect for Ella to receive multiple blood transfusions and multiple other hospital admissions due to complications from her treatments.

Ella is enrolled in a phase III clinical trial sponsored by Children’s Oncology Group (COG).  COG encompasses many other centers around the world including the likes of Spokane Children’s, Seattle Childrens, St. Jude’s, and John Hopkins, among many others.  Ella was very fortunate to be randomized into the control group that is receiving the promising new drug.

Ella is being treated by Dr. Ross Goshorn (Sacred Heart Pediatric Oncologist in Spokane) and Dr.  Stephen Thatcher (Cancer Care Northwest, Pediatric Radiation Oncologist).  .  Both doctors  are working with a network of other doctors at COG centers, particularly Seattle Childrens. Ella’s case was presented to the Seattle Children’s “tumor board” and that group was unanimous in their recommendations for her treatment protocol and that she participate in the Phase III clinical trial. 

Ella is 18 years old and just graduated from Gonzaga Prep High School in the spring of 2017.  Due to her diagnoses, Ella has received a deferred decision to her top 5 colleges as she will not be able to attend school in the fall of 2017.  Ella has a brilliant mind and courageous heart and is handling this with a positive attitude.  She continues to be stronger then everyone around her.  Thanks again for all the love and support from family, friends and the Cataldo and Gonzaga Prep communities.  We have been humbled by the outreach. - Chere’ & Tom McKeirnan and Family
************************************************************************  Flowers  **************************************************************************      We politely request that you do not send any flowers or plants as Ella can not be around the pollens and fungus’ commonly associated with bouquets and plants.  

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