(Update: Initially we reported that Elijah was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, however, doctors have recently told the family that Elijah is suffering from Ewing’s Sarcoma.)
Ewing’s sarcoma is a primary bone cancer that affects mainly children and adolescents. It’s one of a group of cancers known collectively as the Ewing sarcoma family of tumors. It’s the second most common bone cancer in children, but it’s also relatively uncommon. It accounts for only 1% of all childhood cancers.
Now, meet 7-year-old Elijah from Albuquerque, NM. Elijah is currently staying at the Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Aurora, Colorado after being diagnosed with stage 2 Ewing’s Sarcoma on Thursday, May 28, 2015. He has had a tumor on the top of his brain removed for biopsy, but still has muliple tumors in his knees, lower back and even behind his eyes. He is scheduled for another surgery next week after which he will begin chemotherapy treatments.
Before being diagnosed, Elijah was a fun, happy child that, as we mentioned before, loves Pokemon! We here at G33k-HQ had the opportunity to speak with Elijah’s Mother, Patricia, who told us that he is being very strong and brave, and his connection to Pokemon is stronger than ever!
“It has definitely been a roller coaster of a nightmare for all of us….. he (Elijah) is really, really into Pokemon. In fact every time he has a procedure or before he goes under for surgery he has me play the Pokemon theme song to get him through it.” – Patricia, Elijah’s mother.
We found Elijah’s story heartbreaking, but also enlightening and inspiring. We want Elijah to know that the g33k community is here for him! We are reaching to out to all of our fellow g33ks! Elijah’s family has launched a GoFundMe site to help the family with medical expenses during this difficult time and if you can donate, please do, but, we’d like to take it a step further. We are asking g33ks everywhere to take a selfie with your favorite Pokemon item (or even in costume or cosplay) along with a sign of support for Elijah! We are also searching for Pokemon toys, cards and memorabilia to include in an Ultimate Pokemon Gift Pack to present to Elijah for his birthday in August! All of the pictures will be collected, printed and posted in a Pokemon-themed scrapbook that will be included in the Gift Pack!
Additionally, we are looking for cosplayers in Colorado and the surrounding areas that would be interested in volunteering to cosplay as some of Elijah’s favorite Pokemon characters and join us when we present the gift pack to Elijah on his Birthday!
If you’d like to donate, volunteer or share your pictures, please contact G33k-HQ here or by hovering over the “About Us” Tab at the top of the page and clicking on “Contact Us”.
Also, we are asking that you tag all pictures with #Geeks4Elijah when posting on Social Media sites (i.e facebook, instagram, tumblr, twitter)
Direct Link to Elijah’s GoFundMe: http://www.gofundme.com/vxm6xts
You can follow the link below to view any photo submissions that we have received to date: https://www.g33k-hq.com/culture/geek-community-unites-to-help-a-child-battling-cancer-geeks4elijah/