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Orange family gets Princess Strong to fight childhood cancer

In March, we ran a story about Ellie Blaine, a 2-year-old girl who was battling pineoblastoma, a rare, aggressive brain cancer. Ellie and her father were at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis while her mother and little brother stayed home in Orange County to prepare for the arrival of Ellie’s little sister.

A few weeks ago, Ellie’s parents learned that the cancer was taking over her brain–doctors don’t expect Ellie to survive the latest growth of tumors. On the family blog, Ellie’s mom Carly reports that generous friends and family have already given the children presents for Christmas.  Carly wrote:

The presents make the kids happy, and it makes me smile to give them presents.  What would make me smile more is knowing that other families don’t have to experience what we are going through.  The only way to make that happen is to donate more to organizations who are working hard researching childhood cancers.

One of those organizations is St. Jude’s, which tackled Ellie’s aggressive tumor–at no expense to the toddler’s family. St. Jude’s also provided the family with lodging during her treatments.

To help other families who depend on St. Jude’s, the Blaine family has organized a team for this Saturday’s local walk for the network of children’s hospitals. To donate to the cause, click here. The team is named Princess Strong, a rallying cry that became the motto for a girl who loves Disney princesses and sparkly gowns but who has put up a good fight against a very aggressive cancer.