An update was posted today...
Ella completed all her final scans this Tuesday and the results are back..
Ella West is cancer free!
The doctors are thrilled with her response and scan results. PET scan was totally clear and her lymph nodes were in the high 80 percentiles for shrinkage. This great news also means that Ella will not undergo Radiation. And we had the best night sleep in months.
Ella is off celebrating with her cousins, mom mom, Tucker and Luke at Great Wolf Lodge. And yes, the doctors approved! :)
The Round 4 Round-Up was pretty similar to Round 3, although Ella required less anti nausea meds in her last round. I'm not sure if the body becomes more accustomed to the chemo treatments, or if it was the excitement of being the last round. Probably a mixture of both. Mouth sores were once again an issue and Ella had a crappy couple of days because of them, but again, not quite as bad as her previous treatments.
We are all breathing a sigh of great relief! We go for Ella's exit appointment on Monday and the doctors will give us her final "Road Map" --- what to expect for the next 5 years. I'll post a quick update after that appointment on wwww.caringbridge.com. site: ellawest, passcode:hockey
We may never to able to express how thankful we are to each and every person that has reached out to us during this extremely difficult time. Our family is fortunate to have an abundance of wonderful people loving us. We THANK YOU for all you have done! Our gratitude goes beyond writing words - - action speaks louder! And act we will!
All our love, Lee, Tucker, Ella, Logan and Luke
Your support has been amazing! Tucker & LeAnne are blessed to have such a wonderful support group of friends & family. Each one of you has helped Ella and her family stay strong. As Ella begins Round 4 today, your messages & support are felt even more. As you know our Peaceful Way Fundraiser is coming up this Saturday. Yes, this will help continue to support the family financially during these times, but it's also an opportunity to come together as a community, in a special place and acknowledge the strength of Ella and her family with a smile. With BIG Love.. THANK YOU for all that you do.
Hello Everyone, it's hard to find the words to express how grateful we, the Ella Strong Team are. Eacth day your generosity, kindness and well wishes are reminders of what a wonderful community of co-workers, family, friends and even friends of friends we have out there.
This quote is for you, "There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up." - John Holmes
That is what you have done and continue to do for Ella, lift her and her family up! Thank you for helping ELLA STAY STRONG!
Lynda West & Heather Vye
Wow!! Amazing. The Ella Strong Team is so thankful for EVERYONE who has donated to this site to help the family. We reached our goal in such a short time. We have decided to keep the fundraising effort going both online and at the upcoming event on Aug 3rd in RI.
We received this note from Tucker:
I checked out the site this morning and continue to be amazed by the generosity and support of all our friends, family, colleagues and even people we personally don’t know. Words cannot really explain how grateful we are to everyone who has reached out to us in one way or another to help. As of this morning, Ella has checked into the hospital to start her third round of chemo. I am not sure if she is getting used to it now or not, but she is entering this cycle with her head held high and in a very strong state of mind. We remain very optimistic that she should be clear and free of cancer by mid to late August, I would like to send out a full update/thank you to everyone once we know where we stand after round four.
Thanks again for everything.
Dear Family & Friends,
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to make a donation. We have been blown away by the love & support we have received so far. All of your contributions are helping the West Family in Seattle stay...ELLA STRONG!
We will continue the fundraising efforts at the upcoming Peaceful Way Party, Sat. August 3rd, 5:00pm. Look for details on FB & Email, coming soon.
With Gratitude, Lynda & Heather
Ella Strong T-shirt Prices:
Adults $20 (sm,lg,xl,xxl,xxxl)
Youth $12 (sm,med,lg)
Please feel free (and very appreciated) to simply make any donation of any amount directly at this site. 100% of the donation will go to Ella Strong.
Both of the events mentioned below, the t-shirts and the jewelry are fundraisers with all proceeds going to support Ella and her family on the road to recovery.
If you do not want to donate online, email your order to email@example.com and we can organize to pay by cash or check when you pick up t-s or jewelry. Both will be available for sale at the events.
Ella Strong Jewelry: See the 2 photos below of handmade jewelry by Kelley Reese (a friend of the family in Seattle). These necklaces can be purchased here as well. Suggested donations amounts are: pendant only $20, pendant with suede cord $25 or pendant with glass bead necklace $35. Same details as with ordering T-shirts. Decide how many you want, calculate the amount and donate that amount here. Once you have donated, email firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate what you have purchased and if you want pickup (Portsmouth or Seattle) or shipping. If shipping please add $5.