the hospital during a single admission. Another
example may be to provide entertainment for the children at CHOP,
as the days spent in isolation on the oncology floor can be grueling.
||The mission of the
Ellie Koerner Leukemia Foundation is to provide assistance
and comfort for other families like ours, especially for those
who may not have the support system we have been blessed with.
We firmly believe that disease in a child is best fought when
the entire family is armed and supported to resist it. This
means supporting and doing thousands of things large and small
that collectively make a difference. An example of how we
will be “giving back” is in the form of providing
meals for families, on a scheduled basis to the oncology floor
at CHOP, where families spend weeks at a time at
As important as treatment is in the management
of the disease of leukemia, it's also equally important to make
families and patients alike as comfortable as possible--and to provide
glimmers of sunshine and a break from the rigors of the hospital
routine. If you could have seen the joy in the children’s
eyes on Christmas day when Santa visited, or witnessed the renewed
vitality in parents who otherwise are forced to spend long days
and nights in hospital vigils, you would realize why this program
is so important to us.
These “gifts” to us were made possible by charitable
organizations such as ours. It is through your support that we will
be able to help brighten the days of the brave kids who have already
endured more than most of us suffer in a lifetime. In addition,
we will be able to provide financial assistance to local families
stricken with this disease, in the form of donations made to the
Voorhees division of CHOP, where Ellie receives her chemotherapy
To say “thank you”
is not even a drop in the bucket that could try to begin to express
our appreciation for your support today. We felt so loved and
“taken care of” by all of you immediately upon Ellie’s
diagnosis. We had phone calls, cards, emails, prayer chains, and
food practically waiting for us before we even got out of the
emergency room. Cancer takes such a mental toll on the whole family,
and without your encouragement, it is hard to say how even more
unbearable these days would be. It is from the bottom of our hearts
that we need you to know how grateful we are for your continued
support , and for believing in our “tuff girl”. You’ve
made us realize we are not fighting this fight alone, and we will
get through this…together.
Ellie is currently in remission and is expected
to make a full recovery with treatments ending in March 2010.
Ellie will be considered "cured" in 2015. We truly appreciate
your unending support during this difficult time of our lives.