By Sanford Children's Hospital

Ellie was having high fevers with no explanation. She couldn’t get over her fever, started limping and looked very pale. Her parents, Nate and Shannon, knew that something was wrong.

Their daughter had cancer, and she was only 4 years old.

Ellie Mae handled the news like any other 5 year old—said ‘alright’ and headed to the playroom at the Castle of Care, not fully understanding the severity of her illness.

Ellie has battled her cancer bravely and is one of the strongest girls we’ve met. She loves playing doctor and going to school when she is able to.

Her attitude throughout this journey has helped her parents be thankful for the good days, in spite of the bad things going on.

Sanford Children's Hospital