On December 6, 2017, 5-year-old Ellie White was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, AML. Almost immediately, Ellie was admitted to the hospital and began treatment. She bravely fought through 5 gruelling rounds of chemo and in May 2018, went home in remission.
Ellie, whose dream is to grow up to be a mom and a florist, was relishing in her new clean bill of health, which unfortunately didn’t last long. In October, the AML returned, and Ellie’s only hope was a bone marrow transplant. Some of you may remember the “Swab for Ellie” campaign. The hunt for a match was a tremendous undertaking likened to finding a needle in a haystack, but by some miracle, a donor was found!
Ellie had a bone marrow transplant on February 6, 2019, and after chemo, complications, and countless side effects, she once again came home in remission. She spent the whole summer working hard with tutors - trying her best to catch up on almost 2 years of missed school.
On the first day of Grade 2, Ellie proudly put on her school uniform and told her parents that it made her feel strong. Ellie went to school. Later that same day, her parents found out Ellie’s Leukemia was back, again.
There was no longer a clear next course of treatment, however it was soon discovered that if Ellie could once again get into remission, she could qualify for an experimental transplant only available in Columbus, Ohio. Well, against all odds Ellie did it again and her family moved to Ohio. The transplant, however, cost close to $1,000,000!
The family has a GoFundMe campaign set up, which has raised a little less than half at the time of this writing.
Let’s show Ellie she’s not alone, and that we’re All-in with her!
There are no tournament fees for this event. The entirety of buy-ins, rebuys and add-ons will be split 50/50 between the prize pool and funds given to Ellie White’s family to help pay the cost of her treatment.
Players will be able to rebuy anytime they have 3000 chips or less during the first 6 levels of play (2 hours and 15 minutes). At the end of the rebuy period, players will have an option to add on an additional 20,000 chips for $40.
There will be complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea and water offered to participating players.