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Family of 3-year-old Calgary girl fighting cancer shares another difficult update

Family of 3-year-old Calgary girl fighting cancer shares another difficult update
From Global News - August 11, 2017

The Marofke family has shared another difficult update regarding their daughter Gretas cancer treatment in the U.S.

This is not the update we were hoping to share. Gretas tumours in her lungs have grown and multiplied in number, the family shared through a post on the Gretas Guardians Facebook page Thursday.

The chemo she has been on is not working. We are so heartbroken.

The three-year-old girl has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the past several weeks after spots believed to be cancerous were discovered on her lungs earlier this year.

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The toddler was diagnosed with cancer just before her second birthday.

The family was told little Greta had hepatablastoma, a rare form of pediatric liver cancer. Although the cancer was initially put into remission, the disease returned.

Gretas parents were told their little girl would need a liver transplant in order to have any chance at surviving the cancer, but after reviewing the girls case, transplant teams in both Alberta and Ontario refused to do the surgery.

Undeterred, Gretas mother Lindsey reached out to a cancer specialist in the U.S. this spring. She had transplant surgery at the Cincinnati Childrens Hospital. She has been undergoing chemotherapy in Cincinnati since then.

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The family has been providing regular updates on Gretas treatment and progress through the Facebook page.

We are not giving up on our girl but this is a really tough spot to be in. We are doing our best to enjoy all the moments with our family. Our team is also regrouping to see what we might be able to come up with.

Greta continues to feel well and is full of energy and spunk! Thank you everyone for your continued support.

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