Elia: 'Today I'm Cancer-Free'
Elia's family took her to the emergency room with a bad tummy ache. Her doctors at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital determined Elia had a Wilms tumor in her right kidney.
It had spread dangerously close to her heart too.
So Elia's care team started her on chemotherapy to shrink the tumor.
"Once it shrunk down, I was able to safely remove the tumor in addition to the kidney," said pediatric surgeon Jill Whitehouse, MD.
Elia spent months in additional treatment. Today, she's cancer-free.
"At first I felt scared, but there are friends all around here. They made me feel good," Elia said.
Her family is grateful for how the entire Joe DiMaggio team embraced them.
"They were just there to support us in good times and bad times," said Melanie, Elia's mom.
Dad Chris said: "That was essential — to have the trust, that team dynamic and how everyone felt like they were there for you."
Datasource: Elia's kidney cancer story