Every morning, families rise with the sun and prepare for the day. Kids wake up and stall, having to be reminded constantly to get dressed, eat breakfast, pack up their school bags, make lunch, and for heaven’s sake, go get your shoes on! We are on them from the time they are up until the time they go to bed. We are tripping over their things in the living room. We are encouraging them to stay seated with the TV off until their homework is done. We are fixing them dinner only to have them turn their nose up at it. We are carting them from activity to activity, pleading with them to please stop picking on their brother, and don’t have the chance to collapse until they are finally in bed.
Somewhere in Sebastopol, one mom is wishing so much that she could endure all these tribulations with her daughter. You see, while we are taking for granted all these little trials our kids put us through, her daughter is lying in a coma, as she has been off and on for more than 55 days. Over the summer, 7 year old Ella was riddled with flu-like symptoms and sleepless nights. Her family had her tested for everything before finally taking her in for a CT scan. The results showed that Ella had developed a large cancerous tumor in her brain. The doctors were able to remove most of the tumor, but warned the family that there was a slight chance she might slip into a coma as a result. Most people are alert within two days. Ella was not. And her family misses her terribly. To make things harder, Ella’s body still possesses cancer cells that were not killed with her first round of radiation. Soon she will be starting a second round of radiation.
Of course, nothing could help relieve this family of the pain they are going through besides their daughter’s miraculous recovery. But Santa Rosa Community Market is looking to relieve some of this burden on their shoulders by helping them out financially. They have declared this Friday, October 22nd, Hope for Ella Day. On this day, they are donating 10% of their proceeds to the family’s fund to help pay for the mounting costs of their daughter’s treatment. This is just one of many ways Santa Rosa Community Market, as a not-for-profit organization, has stepped up to the plate to serve their community in whatever ways they can.
For more information on Hope 4 Ella Day, visit SR Community Market’s website at www.srcommunitymarket.com/hope4elladay.html. To read up more on Ella, please visit her family’s heartwrenching blog that details her battle against a cancer that doesn’t understand she’s just a little girl: hope4ella.com.
To donate directly towards hotel, food and medical costs, please send checks to Deborah and Glen Stewart: 11002 Peaks Pike Rd. Sebastopol, CA, 95472. Any amount helps!
Hope For Ella Day will be all day on Friday October 22nd during business hours. Community Market is located at 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.