Toddler Elara Isagawa is a fighter.
The 21-month-old girl from Kelowna had 98% of a big cancerous tumour removed from her abdomen, pelvis and tailbone in a complex 6 1/2-hour surgery at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver on New Year’s Eve. Small masses also were found on her lungs.
To attack what’s left of the tumour and the spots on the lungs, Elara will undergo four rounds of chemotherapy treatment, each lasting one month.
Despite what she’s already gone through and what lies ahead, Elara is acting like a typical tot.
Her dad, Nico Isagawa, has posted recent videos on Facebook showing him and Elara zipping down a slide together at Ronald McDonald House and Elara running around wearing a tuque with ear flaps.
The Isagawa family mobilized quickly after Elara was diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve.
Nico, his wife Jessica and Elara immediately moved to Ronald McDonald House near B.C. Children’s Hospital to prepare for Elara’s surgery and chemo.
The couple is off work to be by their daughter’s side every step of the way.
That brings financial hardship.
So, a GoFundMe campaign with a $30,000 goal was set up for the family.
As of Monday morning, $18,124 had been raised from 261 donors kicking in amounts ranging from $10 to $200.
“I can’t imagine what your family is going through,” Kelly Donohue posted on the GoFundMe page after donating $50.
“Please know, all of our hearts are with you. Sending you all the strength, light and love.”
Some comments took on an angel theme.
“I love you guys and will pray for a full recovery of our angel,” posted Mahnaz Shojae after donating $100.
The Isagawas’ GoFundMe attracted attention from as far away as wildfire-ravaged Oz.
“I came across your campaign here in Australia,” posted Anne Nathan after donating $30.
“As a doctor myself, I see many little angels with unfortunate illnesses. Regardless, they keep on fighting and inspire me every day. Go Elara, you young warrior. You got this.”