SuperGirl Fights Cancer! Leanna's Fund

For: Leanna Ramirez
Hilliard, OH
Organizer: Christal Morrison
SuperGirl Fights Cancer!   Leanna's Fund (Leanna Ramirez)
$10,681
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 92 donors
71% Complete

The Story

(IF YOU WOULD LIKE, YOU MAY MAKE A DONATION DIRECTLY TO LEANNA TO SAVE PROCESSING FEES DEDUCTED FROM THE WEBSITE DONATION.  EMAIL [email protected] TO FIND OUT HOW.  GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS!)
Leanna Ramirez was diagnosed on 3/15/17 with an ependymoma, a rare brain tumor that typically only affects young children. Leanna had surgery on 3/20/17 and on 3/30/17. Since the tumor was deemed cancer, she will undergo 4 months of chemotherpy, followed by 6 weeks of radiation. Leanna was born on September 1st in '01, she is a sweet, bubbly girl who likes to spend time with friends listen to country music, watch movies and play sports. As a child she attended Emerson elementary school in Westerville. Leanna was a student at Weaver middle school and is now in 9th grade at Davidson in Hilliard, Ohio. Lee is fortunate to have a strong support system through school, sports and her faith and her community. She is a goalie for her Lacrosse team and enjoys choir and art. She is involved in a youth group through Xenos Christian church. She is very close with her little brother, Julian. This fundraiser is to help with the outstanding costs not covered by insurance and to ease the strain on the family as they face the long road of battling brain cancer. Since Leanna's fertility will be compromised, she has chosen to take proactive steps.  A separate account in Leanna's name has been created for medical and healing expenses. Their lives are forever changed, but they refuse to see darkness when those around them are shining so much light. Thank you all. God bless.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 4, 2017

Posted on August 4, 2017

As of today, we are waiting to hear from St. Jude about a consultation for a possible third surgery and proton radiation therapy. The remaining tumor did not shrink from the 3 rounds of chemo so we will complete a 4th round next week and then re-scan. We are doing our best to enjoy the summer and keep as busy as possible. We continue to feel grateful and blessed for many things and appreciate all the contact and prayers. We are planning Leanna's sweet 16 Birthday party coming up on September 9th. Pray for its success and her feeling of normalcy. We love you all. Thanks for being there for our girl and us. It's helped up immensely. 

Posted on July 1, 2017

Posted on July 1, 2017

Thank you Lord she is home. She took this chemo round like a champ! We spoke with our Oncology Doctor that Lee really likes and he said he is so impressed to see her looking good and strong. Having the attitude that Lee has and the smile she carries will take her far and be of great help during treatment and tests. That said, She did need a new tube and Mickey button aka: feeding tube placed this morning as it had become displaced. The last week was a tough one and it's not over but Lee is home and she is resting so thank you Lord for keeping her strong. I attribute much of Leanna's amazing spirit and strength through this battle due to the power of prayers and kindness of friends, community and even strangers. It keeps us strong when we feel weak and we feel held and seen in times of overwhelming darkness. I feel so thankful to God for the blessings in our life that I find I can no longer keep the tears in. As Lee left the hospital She received e cards that were sent to her, they had been printed on card stock and they serve as reminders to us of Gods grace and love.....

Angels sent.

Posted on June 24, 2017

Posted on June 24, 2017

Update on Lee: As of today June 23, It has been determined that the remaining area of concern on Leanna's recent MRI is either remaining tumor or post operative scar tissue or likely a combination of both. It has shrunk after 2 chemo rounds, but its size is too large for radiation, so it either needs surgically removed or shrunk with more chemotherapy. A third surgery comes with risk of cranial paralysis (throat, tongue, swallowing, facial movement, even breathing). St Jude is open to attempting surgery, but Johns Hopkins said no due to severity of permanent risks and its location along the brain stem and how it's woven throughout the nerves complicates things. That said Leanna is not sure she wants to operate at all costs. We are opting for 1 or possibly 2 rounds of chemo starting Wednesday then re-scan in 4 to 6 weeks in hopes it's at a size able to be effectively radiated and gone completely without any need ever for a third surgery. Chemotherapy is not to cure her tumor, rather only reduce it's size so we can move onto proton radiation for a more long term successful treatment. We have included Leanna in the decision making and have prayed for wisdom and guidance. Needless to say this is an unthinkable scenario that no 15 year old should have to face and no parent should ever have to witness their child endure. Thank you for many forms of support and love. Join us in our prayers for Leanna's healing and cancer-free life.

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