Filipino girl with rare tumor Ewing’s Sarcoma needs help

Chesca, a pretty girl from Pampanga, carries the weight of the rare cancer literally on her shoulder

Chesca, a pretty girl from Pampanga, carries the weight of the rare cancer literally on her shoulder

Before the fall, Chesca was a healthy girl.

Before the fall, Chesca was a healthy girl.

By Maya Rowencak

Chesca was a healthy and happy little girl, until one day she fell, causing the rapid development of a tumor, which is now the size of a cantaloupe.

In a matter of a few short months, Chesca has gone from a healthy happy little girl, enjoying princesses and the movie “Frozen” to a little girl with the rare cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma, and the weight of the world — almost literally — on her shoulders.

Ewing’s Sarcoma is a type of tumor where cancer cells develop in or around the bones, according to the Mayo Clinic. It usually begins in the leg bones and hipbones, as well as the bones in the arms, chest, skull and spine.

Chesca’s condition is almost typical. The cancer not only shows its ugliness through its cantaloupe size tumor, but it has spread to her lungs.

This week I received a picture that showed the urgency of her situation. This time, I knew this child needed more than prayers. She needed a miracle.

Chesca lives with her older brother and two loving parents in Pampanga. I received several emails about Chesca in the past. We quickly added her to our sponsorship program and took the lead on finding her medical attention. With the help of Facebook’s communities of people affected by Ewing’s Sarcoma, we found a doctor in Manila to take her under his care.

As Chesca faces her greatest battle, Maya’s Hope is gathering all of its forces to create an army of Chesca Warriors. If you would like to help Chesca, you can join our Crowdrise page. It is estimated that her initial treatment/surgery would cost $5,000. Our current goal is $10,000 to cover post-surgery care. All donations are tax-deductible in the United States.

Maya Rowencak is the founder of Maya’s Hope, a non-profit organization that assists orphaned, impoverished, special-needs children in the Philippines and the Ukraine.

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