Classmates send Valentine's Day wish to "Lift Up Ellie"
by NewsChannel 36 Staff
Posted on February 12, 2010 at 2:56 PM
Full video: Students send get well wish to Ellie
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --
At the age of 6, Ellie Potvin was diagnosed with stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma cancer, a very rare childhood cancer. Ellie is now 8 and is spending her Valentine’s Day
in the hospital for another round of chemotherapy. Ellie is a student at Endhaven Elementary School. Her twin sister Grace and classmates sent Ellie a Valentine’s Day
message Friday. All of the girls wore pink while the boys dressed in red. They held up a homemade sign saying “We Love Ellie” with Grace holding the red cardboard
heart that she made for her sister. Only three percent of children in the United States have Rhabdomyosarcoma cancer. Out of the 350 children total diagnosed per year,
only 175 children have a survival rate past five years. To learn more about Ellie and follow her journey, visit "Lift up Ellie". Girls in Ellie’s class were all wearing headbands,
donated by Bella Tunno. Bella Tunno, located in Charlotte, has partnered with Ellie and Grace to create a reversible headband that reflects their personal style - Ellie's side
is hot pink camo - wild and experimental. Grace's side is bright repeating stripes - pretty and conservative. By purchasing this headband, others can join Ellie, and her family
in their battle against cancer. One hundred percent of the proceeds are donated to the Ellie Potvin Fund to help with Ellie's treatments and the family's financial needs.
To purchase a headband go to htpp://www.bellatunno.com.