14-Year-Old Battles Rare Cancer Diagnosis

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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A 14-year-old Derby girl is battling for her life. Bekah Crowe was diagnosed with cancer in September.

Rather than giving up hope, the eighth grader created a bucket list.
With the help of many, most of the items on her list have been checked off. But there is still one thing that Bekah wants to accomplish.

"She'd never had anything more than a cold; very healthy, very active young girl, very happy-go-lucky," said Bekah's Great Aunt, Terrie Cross. "And then just seemingly, overnight, everything changed."

Bekah's life took a 180-degree turn in September when she was diagnosed with stage four Ovarian Carcinoma.

"For it to strike a teenager it is extremely extremely rare," Cross said.

Not only rare, but also aggressive. Bekah immediately began chemotherapy, and initially, the tumor responded and began to shrink.

"That gave us all such tremendous hope we thought wow she's going to be the one who beats this," Cross said. "And we were not right."

The tumor metastisized, and doctors determined there was nothing more they could do to stop the progression.

"She kind of created a bucket list, you know she understands that she's not going to survive this," Cross said.

Among the items on her wish list included riding a horse.

"It was just something that she wanted one more time," Cross said.

And getting behind the wheel of a car.

"I have never seen that girl with a bigger grin and giggle," Cross said.

She also wanted to be a bridesmaid in her sister's wedding that was set for March.

"They arranged for the chapel at Wesley, and they had a wedding ceremony so Bekah got to walk down the aisle," Cross said.

While all of those wishes have come true, there is still one more she'd like to fight for, and that is spreading awareness.

"This was such a shock to everyone, and she wants people to understand that this could happen to anyone,"Cross said. "She wants people to know that it's important to take your health seriously."

A simple gynecological exam could catch the cancer early, and maybe give the next person a different outcome.

"It's going to be pretty hard to lose her at Christmas, but we want her to be happy," Cross said.

Again, doctors say there is nothing more they can do. Bekah is at home under hospice care, they are managing her pain and discomfort.

If you would like to purchase a shirt or bracelet to support Bekah, there is a link available below.


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