Larry LaRue

For Ellie Walton, a year of chemotherapy

A month and two days after her second brain surgery to remove cancer, eight-month-old Ellie Walton got the results of an MRI this week.

The tumor is growing back, but is small enough at this point to be dealt with through chemotherapy rather than another major surgery.

The little Spanaway girl, daughter of Kyle and Sarah Walton, will go to Seattle's Children's Hospital next week to have a Hickman line put in, and the chemotherapy will begin. It will continue each week for 10 weeks, then move to a four-weeks-on, two-weeks-off schedule.

That will last for a full year.

For a small family - Ellie has an older sister, Ava - it's a continuation of a battle for Ellie's life that began when she was four months old.  The toll has been emotional, physical and, yes, financial.

Kyle works for a Tacoma paper mill. Sarah is a photographer. Medical bills haves swamped them in debt.

What Ellie needs are warm thoughts and prayers. The Waltons could use a little more tangible help, and a fund has been set up through KBR Credit Union in Tacoma (253) 596-0154.

You can follow Ellie's progress, and see dozens of photographs, through her parents on Facebook.