In August of 2004, Elise was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This is a disease in which too many underdeveloped infection-fighting white blood cells, called lymphocytes, are found in a child’s blood and bone marrow. These undersized cells then crowd out the normal cells in the bone marrow and spread to other organs, causing much damage. ALL is the most common form of leukemia in children, and the most common kind of childhood cancer.
Elise has been in and out of hospitals most of her young life. She has suffered through two bone marrow transplants and multiple chemotherapy treatments. Elise has relapsed more than once and still continues to fight. Every week she endures extensive blood testing to make sure she is not in need of an immediate transfusion. Elise is currently attending homebound school and is on a daily medication regimen that includes IV antibiotics.
“It was a whole different world” for Elise and her family. The Disney parks were covered with all sorts of holiday magic and “Elise had a blast!” She and her family visited every Disney park and met up with every Disney princess they could find. They even had dinner and lunch with Cinderella and all of her friends! They did everything that Elise wanted to do and often, she wanted nothing more than to ride on rides with her beloved older brother, Michael. Some of Elise’s absolute favorite rides ending up being the Toy Story arcade rides, Peter Pan’s Flight and Snow White’s Scary Adventures ride.
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