HUDSON, NC (WBTV) -
*Editor's note: This is a about a member of #MollysKids, one of the kids WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed the stories of dozens of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story (and updates on all her #MollysKids) here.
Eli Greene turns 3 this week. This Caldwell County boy is the newest member of #MollysKids.
Eli's grandpa invites YOU to a birthday bash this Saturday, June 27th, in Hudson. His family is throwing the party. It's more than just a 3rd birthday -- it's also a benefit concert.
Eli has Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a rare disease similar to cancer. LCH starts in Langerhans cells. Normally these blood cells fight infections but in Eli's case they grew too quickly and attacked his bone marrow.
For almost three months, little Eli has been in Levine Children's Hospital once a week for chemotherapy.
The first round didn't work. His grandpa says this second round is significantly more aggressive.
Eli's mother, Kayla, is a single mom taking care of Eli and his 4-month-old sister Bailey while working full-time. Motherhood got even harder ten weeks ago with the LCH diagnosis.
Eli's grandpa, Frank, wrote in asking if I'd help spread the word. He said he's trying to help his daughter, who's desperately trying to help her son.
You got it, Frank.
The fundraiser is called, “Music that Matters.” Starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Hudson Uptown Building. A local band will perform. All donations raised go towards Eli's medical care.
“I just want to help him,” said Frank. “He matters so much to all of us.”