Ariyanna – Bravelets

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Posted on June 23 2015

Ariyanna Mark and her identical twin, Veronica, are 1st graders at Lowville Academy. They are smart, beautiful, sweet, and funny 6 year old little girls.
In March, 2015 Ariy started complaining about pain in her legs. Her pediatrician initially thought it was growing pains. Unfortunately, the pain continued to get worse and Ariy ended up back at the doctors office. Ariy's mom, Victoria, took her to a chiropractor who suggested she get a referral for a pediatric orthopedic. The orthopedics decided to do an MRI to rule out anything serious. Results came back showing a tumor in Ariy's spinal cord. The pressure of the tumor on the nerves in her spinal cord were causing severe pain. They scheduled a surgery to remove the tumor immediately and were informed that there was a small chance that the tumor was cancer.

Ariy went into surgery on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The surgery was high risk because of the location of the tumor and the duration of anesthesia. The surgeon had warned Victoria that it could take up to 24hours to remove the tumor. With hopes high and many prayers in our hearts, we waited. After only a few hours, the surgeon came out and confirmed our worst nightmare. Ariy's tumor is cancerous and is not able to be surgically removed.

Ariy has Ewing's Sarcoma, a primary bone cancer that affects mainly children and adolescents. It is the second most common bone cancer in children but is relatively rare as it accounts for only 1% of all childhood cancers. Ariy has a long battle ahead of her and is expected to receive chemotherapy and radiation for the next year. Her treatments will take place in Syracuse and Boston.

Victoria will be unable to work as she cares for Ariy and battles this horrible disease with her.
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