Lyla's Battle - Medical Expenses Fundraising

For: Lyla Chase
Organizer: Kate McCord
$13,132.10
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 160 donors
65% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

When you bring your beautiful newborn home from the hospital, you imagine nothing but wonderful things for her. You dream of the amazing young woman your daughter will be, the good she’ll do, and the fun she will have. You never imagine that she will spend her first Christmas in the hospital, recovering from surgery, and being treated for stage II cancer. This is the nightmare Gary Chase and Tessa Mosser-Chase faced this year with their beautiful baby, Lyla.

When Lyla was born on April 19th 2011, she had a small, abnormal curvature of her tail bone. Doctors said she would most likely grow out of it. She didn't. As time passed the curve turned to swelling, and later painful constipation. After many doctor visits, in which Tessa and Gary were told to give her fruit juice, more fruit juice, assorted baby food (fruits & vegetables), and finally a stool softener/laxative, they sought a second opinion. By this time the swelling and bruising so alarmed the pediatrician they saw, he notified the hospital and they were on their way.

Tessa and Gary were sent home to pack, for what they were told would be at least weekend stay, and that Lyla would be getting an MRI right away. Tessa posted a beautiful picture of Lyla on facebook, and asked for the prayers and positive thoughts of all who knew them, as she knew, they were in for a rough journey.

She had no idea how rough it would be. They were admitted on the spot to Rady’s Childrens Hospital. After a CT scan and MRI it was there they were diagnosed. She didn't need prune juice, she wasn't constipated, she had a malignant, softball sized, yolk sac tumor that consumed her entire pelvic region and was rapidly increasing in size. The tumor was beginning to grow into her abdomen and dangerously up against her spine. Lyla was scheduled immediately for surgery.

Waiting. That’s what they did. Waiting for the MRI with a baby who is in pain, and can’t be fed for hours prior, and has been poked too many times to count trying to find a vein to administer anesthesia. Waiting, only to hear that they got as much of the tumor as they could and that it is malignant. Cancer. Waiting as they do brain scans, and bone scans, because blood tests show that the cancer my be else where in her tiny body. Waiting, for her breathing to be strong enough so she can be off the ventilator, and you can once again be in the same room with your baby, and hold her, and nurse her, and love her.

After a trying 30 day stay at the hospital Lyla is now undergoing chemotherapy to fight the cancer. The surgeon was able to remove most of the tumor but, it was considerably large in size. The tumor had attached to other areas inside her pelvic region, mainly her colon and therefor he was unable to remove it entirely.



Lyla is amazing. She is always smiling, happy, entertaining everyone around her with her comical personality, coos, and giggles. Chemo will take its toll on her. She will most likely loose the soft fuzz on her sweet smelling head, her expressive brows, and her long beautiful lashes. She will feel sick, sad and lethargic. Her parents will feel sick and sad, that they cannot change things for their baby. But, the odds are good for Lyla. The recovery rate for her is high, and her family is staying positive, and strong as they deal with something NO ONE should ever have to deal with.



Tessa and Gary are not angry at the Doctors who overlooked the seriousness of Lyla’s symptoms. They say they don’t have room in their hearts for anger. They are focusing their energy on love, on hope, on living for the moment. Tessa and Gary are extremely appreciative of your donations to help with medical expenses, and all the other cost that occur when taking care of a baby with cancer. Please click on the big yellow "give" box at the top right of the page to help! I realize times are tight, but every little bit helps. Please share this link on Facebook, using the "promote on Facebook" link on the top left of the screen and via email with anyone you know who would like to help make a difference in this family's life. If you would like to help in another way, please consider a donation to Rady Childrens Hospital at www.helpsdkids.org, Ronald McDonald House Charities at www.rmhc.org.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 14, 2013

Posted on April 14, 2013

Hi all! Our little Lyla is doing so awesome! She has been hitting all her goals and her test results look great! So much so that her Doctor has backed off her testing to the next level. We will start coming in for blood draws quarterly instead of monthly and MRI / CT / Xrays will be every 6 months rather than every 3 months. Lyla will be celebrating her 2nd birthday on the 19th of this month. She has been officially in remission for over a year and we are so gratefull. It does not appear that the whole ordeal has slowed her down one bit. She is on target on her developmental and growth charts. Thank you all for your possitive vibes, prayers and donations. My family and I are truely grateful. [IMG]http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h287/gdchase/A957CA85-01E6-4B55-B9A5-4924C5FA30D5-784-000000E9B37F4E50_zpse12840ad.jpg[/IMG] -- PLEASE VISIT OUR BABY LYLA'S SITE FOR UPDATES AND INFO ON HER PROGRESS: http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=541&url=lylasbattle Thank you for you support and for sharing this with as many people as possible.
G. Chase

Posted on December 17, 2012

Posted on December 17, 2012

happy holidays to all! this month has been an emotional one thus far. it has been a year this month that lyla was diagnosed w cancer. trying not to rehash the past in regard to this is not an option at this point. so we embrace it. we hang the xmas pictures and cards that were sent and made for us at the hospital in our house and talk about it until blue in the face, shed tears and hold to one another tight. we have so much to be thankful for. thankful she is in remission. so thankful. cancer free as us onc groupies would say! lys last mri, chest xray and blood work came back lookin good so the docs gave us the ok to schedule surgery for her port removal. we have been looking forward to this for a long long time now. to long. looking forward...huh. its interesting i would even type that. the truth is half of me says looking forward but the other half is so fearful. any time you go under anesthesia and under the knife its a risk. its much different when the docs hand you the waver signing your own life away but when signing someone elses let alone your own babies!... enough said. her surgery was a couple weeks ago and was a success! go lyla! go lyla! we will still be to and fro radys doing routine blood work, mris and chest xrays but hope over time we can start spacing appointments out. praying all thats left for ly is a handful of gnarly scars and hopefully not much memory because she is so young. we are thankful beyond thanks for YOU that is reading this right now. so much love, t, g, cy, ly and fy.


Posted on November 2, 2012

Posted on November 2, 2012

thank you to everyone whom continues to support our little lyla and family:) your positive thoughts, prayers and energy help get us through some of the toughest of times. we have great news! lyla is now 18 mo and growing strong and healthy. lylas blood work came back last month better than ever! her afp level is now at 16! yay lyla! as i mentioned in previous updates a normal afp level for a child her age is 11. she is so close! since all her test results have been coming back lookin good we have been given the ok from her oncologist to schedule surgery for her port removal. keep sending us your love and hope for a safe surgery and speedy recovery.

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