In September 2011, Danica Adams noticed her daughter, Aerabella, had a strange cough that wouldn’t go away. Their family doctor insisted a chest x-ray be done at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Aerabella was only 9 months old when she was diagnosed with stage 2A neuroblastoma.
Neuroblastoma is a malignant tumor that develops from nerve tissue. It usually occurs in infants and children and is generally not detected until it has spread.
Aerabella had four surgeries to remove the tumor and four rounds of chemotherapy before she was declared cancer free.
Now, she is focusing on being a normal kid. She has more energy to explore her curious surroundings, which include chasing her dog and playing with stuffed monkeys, her favorite animal.
To thank the hospital, Danica and Aerabella will be participating in a campaign at 26 Giant Eagle stores throughout Stark, Summit, Medina and Portage Counties from May 31 – June 28. Proceeds will benefit Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. Shop at your local Giant Eagle store and tell your cashier you would like to donate $1.
“We want to create more awareness and more funding for research, equipment or testing,” Danica said. “The hospital staff was great and treated us wonderfully. The doctors were amazing and they saved her life.”