Saraland girl continues fight against brain cancer

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SARALAND, Ala. (WKRG) – A girl from Saraland with an aggressive form of brain cancer continues her fight against the disease. The “Miracle for Mary Beth” Facebook page posted an update on Mary Beth Ezell. She was diagnosed with the rare brain cancer, called DIPG, last year. She’s one of several children on the Gulf Coast who’ve fought the disease.

The Facebook post reads, “Mary Beth had her MRI last night and did amazing. We won’t meet with the doctors until tomorrow morning and scanxiety is setting in. So, we are trying to keep busy today.”

Her family says Mary Beth is done with radiation but is still being treated under a medical trial. 

Her birthday party is coming up Sunday. “Please send all your prayers and good vibes. We are hopeful for a stable or shrinking tumor when we view the MRI results tomorrow morning,” her supporters write. 

They are also asking folks to send her birthday mail: 

Po Box 8129
Mobile, AL 36689

You can also help by making a donation here:

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – It’s been just over two months since an 11-year-old girl was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. Her family hosted a benefit Sunday to help raise money for her treatments. 

Mary Beth Ezell was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, which is a rare and deadly form of brain cancer. But, her family knows there’s a potential cure just a few states away. 

Sunday, her family held a benefit at Pat’s downtown in her honor. Dozens of people showed up to help. 

“The whole community’s come together, people I don’t even know, have like given us donations,” said Kayla Steade, Mary Beth’s cousin.

Mary Beth was diagnosed with DIPG on Halloween. Since then, her family has been fighting alongside her.

“It’s been very hard on our family,” said Steade.

But now, a new hope.

“We actually heard about it on Facebook, just a few weeks ago,” said Steade. 

A young girl in Houston, diagnosed with DIPG, a few weeks ago underwent treatment and now the tumor on her brain is gone.

Mary Beth’s family says with the help they’ve gotten from the community, along with a potential cure, things are looking up.

“What everybody can do here to help, is just believe. This is a little 11-year-old girl is facing this life-threatening disease. We want to ask everybody to believe with us for a miracle,” said Leroy Clark, a family member. 

“We’re all very ecstatic, you know? Just trying to stay positive,” said Steade.

You can follow along with updates on her journey here. If you’d like to donate, the family has set up a GoFundMe page.


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