Eva is a fun loving now four year old who was diagnosed with with Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma on April 28, 2020 at the age of three. Eva and her mom traveled nearly 1,000 miles to Boston to receive radiation treatment for six weeks. Eva continues chemotherapy treatments at UNC Chapel Hill, an hour and a half from their home.
Childhood rhabdomyosarcoma is a disease in which cancer cells form in muscle tissue (National Cancer Institute). In Eva’s case, she developed tumors in her nasal cavities which led to the diagnosis of embryonal, the type that occurs most often in the head and neck area or in the genital or urinary organs, but can occur any where in the body (National Cancer Institute).
While Eva and her mom were in Boston, Eva’s 12 year-old sister and dad stayed home in North Carolina. Eva’s sister stayed with their grandparents during the weekdays so their dad could work during the week. “We greatly appreciate the monetary support, it eased our minds a lot. We were able process being 12 hours away from home in Boston for over 2 months,” states Eva’s mom, Patience. CCP handled lodging, travel, and meals for Eva and her mom during their stay so they didn’t have to worry about it. This allowed for Eva’s dad to continue to work since most of those tasks are time consuming.
After a scan in September and a brief thought of reoccurrence, Eva is set to have her port removed on December 1, 2021.