Just shortly after her 8th birthday, between Christmas and New Years, Ellory was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Within 24 hours of her diagnosis, she had surgery to install a mediport and was receiving her first chemotherapy treatment. She remained in continuous treatment for over 2 and a half years, the regiment changing every 30 to 60 days. She endured about 850 of chemotherapy, 125 IV pokes, 102 doses of morphine, and 125 days in Children’s Hospital. But Ellory is the type of girl who showed up with a smile and stuck out her tongue in her hospital record picture. She was often asked to coach littler kids on how to be brave to get a blood draw and how to swallow pills, and how being the bald girl at school was no big deal. She often had a new joke for her doctors and nurses. If they took care of her once, they would come see her and check on her whenever they saw her name on the schedule. This girl can light up a room…even a room full of cancer patients and their worn out parents. She is a bright and shining star who has a long and positive future ahead of her. Now 10 years old, Ellory has completed her treatment and proves you CAN have joy, no matter what your circumstances.