Lesly had just turned five when she was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma, a very rare form of children's cancer. She is now working on her fourth relapse, and her future is uncertain. But this news, the chemo and radiation treatments, all the needle pokes, and surgeries she has endured will not slow her down or shrink her beautiful smile.
At this time, the only treatments available to help Lesly fight this cancer are out of state phase 1 and 2 clinical trials. Clinical trials are used to determine whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective. During clinical trials, researchers test a new drug or treatment in a set group of people to evaluate its safety, determine a safe dosage range, and identify side effects.
To help raise money for the out of state travel to and costs associated with the clinical trails, friends and family hosted a birthday party/”fun”-raiser on Tuesday night at the Oaks Park Roller Skate Rink. To show their support, firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue Station 20 and Deputy Chief John Harding attended the event and offered Lesly a fire badge and a ride on the fire truck!
Lesly and Firefighters from Station 20
As the night came to an end, nine-year old Lesly offered some parting words of advice –
- Dress fancy
- Wear heels and dresses
- Remember that the cancer is only one part of a person’s life
- Enjoy eating nachos, hotdogs, and cupcakes
Portland Fire & Rescue wishes Lesly and her family
many blessings and encourages them to stay brave and strong!
If you would like to read more about Lesly and see her photos, visit her website at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/leslyfoster/mystory.
To gain more of an understanding about Neuroblastoma, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/leslyfoster/resources.
To donate to Lesly’s expenses, visit any Chase branch nationwide or click here to locate the branch nearest to you. The tax deductible account number is 492-397-9631.
December 11, 2009