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2012 CMN Champion Ellie Bloechl

Ellie loves being in the middle of everything, so much so that it’s not unusual to find this spunky girl digging in the dirt while wearing a tutu. In 2010 however, Ellie had to switch her tutu out for a hospital robe with her diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Over the last two years, Ellie has spent months in and out of the hospital. Her bone marrow couldn’t produce the white blood cells necessary to fight off infections. Also facing tumor lysis syndrome, which caused her kidneys to fail, Ellie has to-date undergone kidney dialysis and chemotherapy.
With several hospital stays and physical therapy sessions behind her, Ellie knows all too well the challenges sick kids face. Her bright personality is hard to resist, even for celebrities like Elmo and Super Grover, with whom she has appeared on the news. The spotlight just seems fitting for this camera-loving life force.
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