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‘We’re hopeful’ says mother of 4 year old with cancer


    Eligh Ingram’s cancer level has been reduced to Stage III.

    Earlier this year the outlook was grim for four-year-old Eligh Ingram, who was diagnosed with Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
    Even though there are no guarantees, his family got good news last week.

    “The doctors told us they didn’t find anymore tumors and he’s been reduced to a Stage III, so it’s working,” said mother Mary Ingram, who stays with their son at Children’s at Scottish Rite five days a week for chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Mary’s husband  and Eligh’s father also stays in Atlanta during the week. “Eligh’s lost his hair, but even with all the chemo he’s doing okay. That doesn’t get him down much. He’s always on the go.”
    RMS is a cancer that begins in the muscles and attaches to the bones. Eligh underwent a six-hour surgery earlier this year to remove muscle from his right arm, and also had lymph nodes removed. Back in March the Progress ran a story about Eligh and his condition, and the challenges it presented to his family. The Ingrams have two other children, nine and 11.
    With everything they have been through, Mrs. Ingram says Eligh is the big hero.
    “I’m m not going to lie, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, but I’m the mom of a hero,” she said. “We’re hopeful and taking it day by day. I lost my father and father-in-law to cancer, but it’s different watching your child go through it.”
    On Sunday, May 22, a fundraiser was held in Ball Ground where the Ingrams live. Over $3,000 was raised that will help cover medical and travel expenses.
    Now all they can do is hope and pray. “We’re praying for the best,” Ingram said. “Everyday, we’re praying for the best.” 
    Donations can be sent to Mary Ingram, 91 Eagles Perch Road, Ball Ground, 30107.