Classmates send Valentine's Day wish to "Lift Up Ellie"

The class made a sign for Ellie saying We Love Ellie

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 12 at 7:15 PM

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.  Click here to purchase a headband.

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