Meet Sloane

3-year-old Sloane is a little warrior whose imaginative and creative personality shines through. She loves creating artworks and is a big country music fan!

Sloane was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in October 2022. She was only 2 years old.

Sloane’s journey began when her parents, Allison and Eric, noticed that her belly appeared bloated in October 2022.

They thought it could be the new supplements her pediatrician recommended, but took her to the doctor as a precaution because she was also experiencing fevers.

From there, little Sloane was rushed to a nearby children’s hospital, and her parents were told the devastating news… Sloane was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma.

She started intense treatment immediately. Shortly after diagnosis, she endured 7 rounds of chemotherapy and underwent a 12-hour surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible.

During that surgery, the doctors also removed her kidney and adrenal gland. Sloane stayed in hospital for 59 days, which included three separate stays in the intensive care unit, radiation therapy and a nasogastric (NG) tube insertion.

Early in her treatment, Sloane became malnourished, partly because the chemotherapy killed her appetite, and partly because her cancer was straining her body. The NG tube helps with her nutrition, hydration, and administering medication.

She affectionately calls the NG tube her “tubey”, but her parents are looking forward to the day she won’t be needing it anymore. Her mom is particularly excited for when she can kiss Sloane on both cheeks again, without the tube and tape covering them.

Her next phase of treatment involved 12 rounds of immunotherapy, putting her into a state of "soft remission," as described by her doctor. Named "Sloane," an Irish name meaning "warrior," she has embodied strength and courage throughout her cancer journey.

Through treatment, she has found comfort in coloring, painting, and listening to country music favorites like Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift.

Even though Sloane’s treatment is working and the long hospital stays and intense surgeries are hopefully behind her, her cancer journey is far from over. For most children with neuroblastoma, treatment lasts for 18 months and the side-effects of treatment can last a lifetime.

Due to the intense chemotherapy, Sloane’s immune system will likely never make a full recovery, meaning a minor virus or infection could significantly impact her at any time.

Despite the uncertainties, Sloane's fighting spirit and her family's love and support are paving the way for a brighter future.

Sloane, we love your adorable smile and courageous spirit. We will keep YOU in our hearts as we ride this September!