After a few months of recurring fevers, multiple ear infections, and an increasingly heavy sleep schedule, six-month-old Eleanor was diagnosed with High-Risk Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). The first month of treatment was rocky - she stopped nursing, sitting up, cooing, and even smiling, all while undergoing surgery, scans, a bone marrow biopsy, multiple blood transfusions, and a host of chemotherapies.
While the treatments Ella received were harsh on her young tiny body, and most came with potential serious side effects, they were necessary to save her life. Shocked to learn about the lack of research funding and specific treatments for childhood cancers, Ella's parents Nicole and Andrew established Ella's Hero Fund through St. Baldrick's to support research focused on both developing new therapies to treat and target infant leukemia AND preventing the lifelong damage associated with current treatment options.
Now eight years old and in remission, Ella (or Little Miss Sunshine) has a bright, sunny personality that lights up any room she's in. She loves painting and drawing, doing gymnastics, and learning new music on her cello. Her happy place is the beach! After learning that starfish can re-grow their limbs when they're injured, she wanted to make starfish socks to remind anyone who's wearing them that they can heal themselves too (just like her!). She hopes you feel her starfish giving you hugs when you wear her socks!