Elise is called "Sass" by those who know her best. “She’s spunky and feisty,” said her mom.
“Elise is the strongest, wisest little girl. When she was first diagnosed, we all looked at each other and said if anyone can do this, it’s Elise.”
The youngest of five, and the only girl, Elise is outgoing and friendly. She takes acting lessons and loves dance, especially hip hop.
At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Elise is undergoing treatment for brain cell germinoma. She’ll receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.