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Grief as ‘inspiring’ Ella Dawson, 24, of Huddersfield dies weeks after potentially life-saving treatment canceled

A Huddersfield woman stricken with rare blood cancer has died weeks after her potentially life-saving treatment was cruelly canceled at the last minute.

24-year-old Ella Dawson sadly lost her two-year battle with acute leukemia last month.

The Fine Arts graduate was 5,000 km from my home on a seven week backpacking trip to South America when she heard the terrible news that she had cancer.

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His family, originally from Slaithwaite, have now recounted how she died weeks after a participation in a clinical trial in the United States was canceled just hours before she got on a plane.

Ella Dawson, 24, of Holmfirth, died after a two-year battle with leukemia. Ella with her arms in the air on the river at Holmfirth on the June day she was told she only had a few weeks left to live.

Writing on the first post of their new Ella Dawson Foundation website, they said: “Ella was a successful 24-year-old aspiring artist with a great passion for travel, nature, yoga and a love for life. life and people.

“In August 2019, during a trip to Colombia, shortly after graduating from Newcastle University, Ella was diagnosed with LAL PH +, a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer.

“Since that time, Ella has been on almost constant treatment, including over 70 infusions of chemotherapy, six months of immunotherapy, several rounds of radiation therapy followed by CAR-T therapy and a grueling stem cell transplant in October 2020.

“Despite the breadth of this treatment regimen, this aggressive cancer kept coming back and unfortunately Ella was terminally diagnosed in January 2021 of weeks / months.

Ella in Colombia
Ella in Colombia

“In June 2021, Ella suffered the biggest blow in her history when her acceptance of a CAR-T clinical trial in the United States (a potential cure) was canceled just hours before she boarded the plane for United States.

“Unfortunately, Ella’s condition deteriorated after that and she sadly passed away in July 2021.”

The family launched a crowdfunding offer to raise funds for the Foundation, which will support young adults and their families in the UK affected by a diagnosis of acute leukemia.

Over £ 5,000 was raised in a matter of days.

Mum Jane said: “Our family charity was established in honor and legacy of our daughter, sister and partner.

“Despite her life situation, Ella has always been a true inspiration and she faced each day with gratitude, positivity, incredible strength, courage and humor.

Ella has her cells harvested for CAR-T treatment
Ella has her cells harvested for CAR-T treatment

“She took every opportunity to use her experience to help others.

“After her diagnosis, Ella was determined to learn all she could about the disease and how to best manage the disease through conventional and complementary therapies from around the world.

“She saw it as vital in helping her endure two years of grueling treatment as well as allowing her to thrive and live happily every day despite the progression of her disease.

“In 2019, to help others facing a similar diagnosis, Ella created a successful blog on her health journey, including tips on nutrition, exercise and staying positive during treatment.

“She has worked closely with blood cancer charities to help and support others and has continued to develop her in-depth knowledge of physical and mental health, wellness and self-healing, which inevitably increased her quality of life, mental toughness and appreciation for life.We are so proud of the amazing inspiring person she was and all she accomplished.

Ella on her graduation day
Ella on her graduation day

“Acute leukemias (ALL and AML) are often the most aggressive forms of blood cancer and treatment regimens can be difficult. They are often associated with long periods of hospitalization and weakened immune systems. believes where additional support and help is often needed. “

With the extensive knowledge and experience that Ella and her family have accumulated over two years, the Ella Dawson Foundation was established with the goal of helping young people live as well and as independently as possible despite a diagnosis of leukemia. .

“Our charity will aim to help young people and families access support from initial diagnosis as they journey through the fight against this hideous disease. This will include support for nutrition, physical and mental well-being and work with medical teams, ”he adds.

“We thank you for your support on our journey towards building a successful charity, a charity that was created with a warm heart and great ambition.”

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