Family shows resolve battling girl’s cancer


SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s a word no one wants to hear, but it can show just how strong a person can be.
That word is “cancer.”

“I had no idea that they were going to come back and say what they had found. They didn’t tell us right away that it was cancer,” Jerri Alexander told News 10. However, when she heard it, she knew the battle was just beginning.

She also knew that try as she might, she could not win. That’s because her daughter Chloe was the one diagnosed with the disease.

At the age of 10, Chloe had leg pain. That pain would not go away, so she had an MRI, which led to surgery at Riley Hospital for Children.

That’s when doctors diagnosed Chloe with Ewing’s Sarcoma. It’s a cancer that mainly affects the bone. It meant the beginning of a long fight. They would include trips to Riley Hospital for Children and chemo. Also, Chloe eventually lost her hair.

“You’ve got to keep your head up or you can’t exactly do it or it won’t be easy,” Chloe said.

During that process, Chloe had to have yet another surgery.

“That was rough. That was really rough, because she had a huge incision in her back and so, movement, she couldn’t hardly move,” Jerri Alexander said.

They were able to get a great deal of support from the community, but as with all cancers, the cheering can only do so much. So, Jerri and her family decided to do something unorthodox. They applied for experimental treatment for Chloe.

After time, it began working, and soon Chloe got better. She is now in remission, and Jerri is still amazed she and her family were able to make it through.
“I just feel like it’s something we did. I don’t know. Now I look back on it and I think how did we do it? But we did it,” Alexander said.