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Aunt organizes ‘5K for Ella’

Tom Jackson • Apr 27, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Norwalk resident Becky Enderby says her niece, Ella Enderby, is “a sweet, loving, silly, smart and incredibly brave little girl”

Ella is also a little girl who is fighting leukemia, and so Becky, a runner, is organizing a running event in Norwalk to help the family’s travel and medical expenses. The “5K for Ella” event is May 31, but advance registration for a better price is available now, Becky said.

Cory Enderby, Ella’s father, said his 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia Jan. 29. Her condition was changed March 4 to very high risk.

Want to go?

WHAT: “5K for Ella” running and walking event.

WHERE: Norwalk Reservoir, Shelter No. 1.

WHEN: May 31, 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. event

COST: $20 if received before May 15, $25 afterward and on race day. Price includes T-shirt until supply runs out, so register early. No refunds.

REGISTRATION: Download forms at facebook.com/5KforElla , or contact Becky Enderby and she will send one to you — email bgoodwoman@yahoo.com  or call 419-668-8919.

The family now lives in Alpena, Mich., but Cory is from Milan, and his wife used to work for the Sandusky Register.

Ella has been receiving chemotherapy, Cory said.

“She’s a pretty positive little girl,” he said. “I thought the chemo would be a lot worse. You see it in the movies. It’s not as bad as they make it out to be.

“She still has her hair” he said. “She’s doing pretty well, knock on wood. I just hope the treatment is working”

Updates on Ella are available at her Facebook page, facebook.com /EllaEnderby.

Becky said biodegradable balloons will be released at the start of the race in Ella’s honor. A box will be set up to collect get-well cards for Ella, and there will be a 50/50 raffle. A photographer will snap photos to record the event.

Becky, a runner herself, said there are other ways to help if you don’t run.

“We’ll gladly take donations, and we’re still looking for volunteers to help during the event” she said.

Cory, a civil engineer in the Air National Guard, obtained his master’s degree from The Ohio State University. These days, he finds himself taking his daughter for medical treatments to a University of Michigan hospital.

“It’s kind of ironic. I hate going to Ann Arbor,” he said. “It’s a good hospital. They seem to know what they’re doing”

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