New specialized treatment room coming to Levine Children's Hospital, care of Isabella Santos

Updated: Mar. 9, 2018 at 6:38 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Big morning for The Isabella Santos Foundation. They announced they raised $1 million and plans are in place to build a new specialized cancer treatment room on the top floor of Levine Children's Hospital.

All new. Super specialized. It'll help kids who have to have high radioactive treatments called MIBG.

The floor and all walls will be lined with lead. The treatment is so harsh, so poisonous, a parent can't touch their child for three days afterwards.

It sounds horrible. But, in some cases, not Isabella's, it can save lives.

Izzy's mom, Erin, believes in it so much, she has led her foundation to raise this money and bring a room like this to Charlotte.

In this photo you see Erin and Ethan Baucom's mom (another one of our #MollysKids who is currently battling). Both spoke Friday morning at the announcement; both are incredible moms who can tell stories and get stuff done.

The hospital starts construction in days. It'll be done by end of this year. We'll be talking more about this today on WBTV News at 5p.

All of this -- every bit -- in the name of Isabella.

Today would be Isabella's 13th birthday.

Pediatric cancer remains unfair. Thank God for strong, motivated women.

Also, if you'd like to help The Isabella Santos Foundation raise more as it continues to battle pediatric cancer, on March 28th, 2018, the charity is partnering with Jersey Mike's Subs.

Every single dollar that Jersey Mike's takes in that day at all Charlotte-area Jersey Mike locations will go to The Isabella Santos Foundation.  Every single dollar! Not just the profit. So whether that's a sub, a catered meal or even a bag of chips sold on March 28, that money is going to ISF.

Last year this charity campaign raised more than $100,000 for the charity it benefitted – ISF is hoping for more of the same.


**Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children 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 hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.

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