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Fight like a Kid - Elijah
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Our sweet Elijah has been battling Epitheliod Sarcoma cancer since May 2014. We need all our prayer warriors reaching out to our Lord and Savior.

Elijah's History

Several of you have asked so I guess it's about time to fill in the background of our precious boy.

About a year ago, Elijah started complaining about his neck hurting. He was coming off a season of baseball so we naturally thought it was a minute injury connected with that.

As summer moved into fall and he was still complaining, waking up in the middle of the night with horrible pain, his mama took him to the doctor. The pediatrician felt confident it was a muscle strain and would heal on its own over time.

Winter arrived along with basketball season and Elijah wasn't any better. His pediatrician referred him to a Sports Medicine doctor. She felt, as did his pediatrician, that is was a severely strained muscle. Because he is a bit of a worrier, she attributed the pain to muscle spasms ignited by stress. She referred him to a physical therapist.

All the while, the pain would come and go without any definitive triggers. He might play basketball one day and be fine. He could play another day and have to be benched because he was in so much pain. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason for the spasms/pain.

The physical therapist worked with him for several weeks. She was constantly touching/massaging his neck and never had a reason to think it was more than what the Sports Medicine doctor had diagnosed-a very strained, spasmodic muscle. We were constantly encouraging him to do the exercises and stretches the PT had taught him. No one had any idea what was going on inside his little body.

On Thursday night, May 22, he brought to our attention a knot he felt in his neck. It was about the size of a golf ball and was protruding from his neck. A neighbor of Becky's who is an OT suggested icing it overnight and calling the doctor first thing Friday morning.

When Elijah woke up Friday morning, there appeared to be a second knot. Becky called the after hours number. Upon learning of the duration of his pain and of the two knots, they told her to take him to the ER.

The ER doctors took X-rays, but soft tissue masses don't show up. Since he had been dealing with this this for such a long period of time, his pediatrician pushed the ER to an MRI. Based on the MRI results, the doctors were confident it was cancer. Elijah was sent to Levine Children's Hospital at that point.

After a biopsy, numerous scans, and consultation with doctors around the US, it was determined that Elijah has Epithelioid Sarcoma. ES is a very rare type of cancer usually found in young adults; only 500 cases have been identified since 1970. However, it is even MORE rare in children. So rare in fact that Elijah is THE ONLY child to EVER have it in his neck.

The doctors at Levine are amazing! Elijah's plan has three phases; phase 1-radiation and chemo, phase 2-surgery, phase 3-chemo. This will be a long process with a surgery that will be life altering for him. At this point, the cancer has woven itself into his vertebrae and is as close as you can get to, without touching, his spinal cord. He has a long road ahead.

I personally don't understand WHY this has happened to the sweetest, most thoughtful and selfless boy I know. He has the purest of hearts I can only pray to have. When I start to ask myself (and God) WHY, I HAVE to remind myself that GOD DOES HAVE A PLAN! I completely trust what He has in store although I may not understand it right now.

Elijah is an angel on earth! I have no doubt God has big things in store for him! Our fight has just begun and WE ARE READY!!! God has armed us with His armor and His army of Prayer Warriors!
God bless you all!
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Elijah Aschbrenner
PO Box 5011
Concord, NC 28027
9,380 views Sep 9, 2015
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pictureNC 210 points
Big Elijah! Always praying. :)
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Sep 9, 2015
Linda Dickson 210 points
Elijah, you are a very special young man!!!
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Sep 9, 2015
twnash38 180 points
B Positive and keep the faith, prayers coming your way Eljah!
+2 votes
Sep 9, 2015
Nanny
Love you big guy!!!!
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Sep 9, 2015
Emily
So proud to call you my cousin. You're so strong E! I love you SO much!!! Keep fighting ❤️ #ElijahStrong
+2 votes
Sep 9, 2015
Tlmoore3 180 points
Voted!!  We are one of Elijah's prayer warriors!!
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Sep 9, 2015
Leslie Hallgren3691
Praying for you Aljah! Love checking in on you each day on FB! Hang tough... you got this!
+2 votes
Sep 9, 2015
Catherine Storey Lut 190 points
Team Elijah! NC prayer warrior.
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Sep 10, 2015
anonymous
Sending thoughts and prayers Love, Gran'ma Sue
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Sep 10, 2015
Sue Hughes
Sending thoughts, prayers and love.   Gran'ma  Sue
+2 votes
Sep 10, 2015
Jo Mammoliti-Smith
Elijah is a true hero and has helped his family bring attention to childhood cancer and the beautiful faces and families affected.
+1 vote
Sep 10, 2015
Denise Moreno 170 points
Elijah is such a sweet boy. Always a joy to be around! We are lucky to know him!!!
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Sep 10, 2015
Mranastasia 170 points
I'm praying for you!  NEGU!
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Sep 10, 2015
Shane Sweatt 170 points
The ALABAMA NATION is for Elijah!!!  RTR
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Sep 10, 2015
russhassey 150 points
The most AMAZING young man - full of life & love for all!!!  His inspiration to others is off the charts... he is truly the biggest HERO and fights the fight - Praying for this amazing young man and his family!!  God is Good!!
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Sep 9, 2015
anonymous
Keep fighting!  Lot of caring people sending you our Love and Prayers for you and Your Family!
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Sep 9, 2015
Megan Hart 150 points
I voted Elijah, I love reading your posts on FB. Sending lots of love, big hugs and prayers to you and your family.
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Sep 9, 2015
Charlene 140 points
I voted Elijah, Stay Strong Sweetie. YOU all are in my Prayers.
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Sep 9, 2015
sheena 150 points
Praying for you daily Elijah!!!!
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Sep 9, 2015
Sandy St Croix 150 points
Our Blue Hair Boy, always thinking of you from N.H.  Stay Strong and I always look forward to your determination and big smile!!  
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Sep 9, 2015
Christie Flowers Hal 150 points
We love you Elijah!
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Sep 10, 2015
Shannon
Praying for you Elijah!
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Sep 10, 2015
Raegan 140 points
Praying for you tough guy!
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Sep 10, 2015
CarolHubbard 140 points
Elijah, You are such an inspiration to so many of us.  Many prayers of complete healing to you and prayers of peace to your brother Sam, your Mom, family and friends.
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Sep 10, 2015
AnnMeintjes 140 points
Handsome Elijah, you are an inspiration.
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Sep 10, 2015
Dennismcmh 310 points
I call Elijah my Little Soldier.  He is a fighter.  I assured him that he is going to win this fight.  His little brother Sam is such a big help.  I pray special prayers for Elijah EVERY night, before I get into bed.  I ask God for a miracle for Elijah, because NO CHILD deserves to suffer; but Elijah is so special to me.  I have never even met Elijah; but I feel so close to him.  I have been following their "Prayers for Elijah" facebook page for a while and watch for updates on his condition and just to hear about his day.  He deserves a miracle and special help and if anybody can bring attention to Elijah's cause, I know Ellen can do it.  I watch her show and she has such a big heart.  She has helped so many people; but she does have a soft spot in her heart for children and I LOVE that about her.  I hope that Ellen can do something to help Elijah and his family.  He deserves all the love in the world.  God Bless You Ellen AND my little Soldier Elijah.
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Sep 10, 2015
anonymous
Elijah, you keep fighting! I'll keep sending good thoughts and prayers to you.
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Sep 10, 2015
anonymous
Praying without ceasing !!! Love that you are smiling almost every time I see a picture of you ,,, thank you ELIJAH FOR BEING an inspiration .
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Sep 10, 2015
laurieinnorthc 150 points
Stay positive big guy and keep that smile going... Fight hard, you have come a long way and a lot of prayer warriors behind you, keep the faith....
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Sep 10, 2015
Dennismcmh 310 points
I doubt you will ever find a more beautiful human being than Elijah.  My little soldier is a fighter and together with his family, myself and all of our prayers, we are going to win this war agains Childhood Cancer.  NO CHILD should ever have to go through what Elijah is going through.  He's a tough little soldier and I will be by his side through this fight for as long as he will have me.  God Bless You my little soldier.
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Sep 11, 2015
Cnobles 250 points
Stay strong and keep looking up. Me and my family are sending prayers!!!
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Sep 11, 2015
anonymous
Praying for Elijah!
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Sep 12, 2015
Monica Schlaudroff
Elijah...Arnie and I LOVE you!!
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Sep 14, 2015
anonymous
Praying!
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Sep 16, 2015
anonymous
Still praying for a miracle. Xoxo
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Sep 21, 2015
jahskillz
God bless you, Elijah!!  Love and prayers from Pike Road, AL
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Sep 21, 2015
Mareburns 190 points
You are a warrior Elijah, you got this!
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Sep 22, 2015
Mareburns 190 points
You are a warrior Elijah,keep fighting
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Sep 22, 2015
Patrycja Chudziak 150 points
Voted! Praying for you Elijah!
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Sep 22, 2015
anonymous
prayers for you Handsome man!! God is with you!!
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Sep 22, 2015
anonymous
Praying for this very special young man!
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Sep 22, 2015
Dotty Cornell Worrel 140 points
Please help this Child and his wonderful Family!
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Sep 24, 2015
Ratatat
Rest in peace, Elijah
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Jun 6, 2016