It has been a little over a year since then three year old, Eliza Cate Volousky was diagnosed with Leukemia. She was playing in the backyard and fell on her bottom as any three year old is prone to do. A few days later, Eliza Cate's mother, Cadence, noticed that she had not been able to shake that fall off like all the others. Her toddler was still in pain as the week went on, and Cadence took Eliza Cate to see her Pediatrician on January 6th. That doctor referred her to MUSC Children's Hospital in Charleston, SC, where she was x-rayed and tested, and after given a bone marrow biopsy on January 7th, diagnosed with cancer. Cadence reflected that,"Words cannot describe the absolute gut wrenching feeling we had as parents. So many questions, so many emotions, how could this happen to our baby girl. How could our healthy 3 year old have Leukemia?"
A year later, and Eliza Cate is a tiny, determined, now FOUR year old Fighter. She has about a year left of treatment and continues to do well, and her whole family and community are thankful for that. She loves her Bitty Baby, riding bikes with her family, and checking out all the sea life at the South Carolina Aquarium!
To show their support, Eaglewood Retreat, the James Island neighborhood of Eliza Cate's grandparents, organized a blood drive in her honor. 41 neighbors and friends donated blood and contributed $820 to the Charleston chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Shrimp & Grits Kids will be supporting Eliza Cate and others battling Leukemia by donating a portion of our sales for BOTH our Serendipity Sail Away AND our Classic Nantucket Sailboat collections to the Leukemia Cup Regatta - benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Preview those collections now in our Spring 2021 Catalog (available to shop on 1/27)!
Continue following Eliza Cate's journey via her Caring Bridge profile found here: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/elizacatevolousky