The Mountaintop Rotary Club will host their third annual Conquer the Mountain 5K Run/Walk early next month at the Wright Township Park. This year, the club has named a Crestwood High School student, who is battling cancer for the second time in her young life, as the beneficiary.
Proceeds from the event on November 4 will help Lizzy Supkowski and her family to help defray the cost of medical and travel expenses from the last year of her cancer treatments. The CHS freshman was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma last November.
According to the American Cancer Society, “Rhabdomyosarcoma is a cancer made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal, or voluntary, muscles that we control to move parts of our body.” Since this type of cancer develops in embryonic cells, the diagnosis of Rhabdomyosarcoma is typically made in children –as Lizzy’s was the first time she was diagnosed at two years old. Now, a decade later, the cancer had returned –an occurrence that doctors have described as very rare. Lizzy, of course, doesn’t remember the first time she had to go through this, but her parents do.
“Usually cancers that come back are worse,” explained Lizzy’s dad, Ron. “This one is the same, so we were able to use a similar treatment, and fortunately, some of the same people who treated Lizzy when she was a baby.”
Her mom, Laura expressed gratitude for the ability to have some procedures done in the area before having to make the weekly, and sometimes daily, drive to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Lizzy’s family says that it was the inpatient stays when Lizzy would feel the most sick.
“The traveling was tough,” said Ron “We had to keep our jobs so we would ‘flip’ –I would go down one day and Laura would go down one day.”
“Our ezpass was smoking -I can now drive the NE Extension my eyes closed,” joked Lizzy’s mom, Laura. Then, in a more serious tone, acknowledged the toll on her family.
“Travel has been expensive,” Laura acknowledged. “We are lucky