Eight-year-old Aniya Corona is battling brain cancer, but she's not alone. She's supported by medical professionals, concerned friends and loving family members, all of whom make up "Team Aniya."
Aniya, a third grader at Olathe Elementary School, was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer last May. Surgery to remove the tumor was only partially successful because of its location on Aniya's brain stem. She started radiation five days a week for six weeks, along with chemotherapy, at University Hospital in Denver.
Aniya's mother Chelsey reports that Aniya completed her 33 radiation treatments and has been home for a couple of weeks. This week she goes back to Denver for an MRI, to see if the radiation worked. Oncologists will also be putting together a chemotherapy plan. Chelsey has been told it may take seven months for Aniya to complete chemotherapy.
Aniya loves school, but the doctors have said it's best if she stays home for now, because any type of stimulation increases the swelling in her brain. A host of side effects accompany the swelling.
Aniya lives in Olathe with her parents, Chelsey and Alejandro Corona, and two younger sisters. She loves cheerleading, reading, coloring, arts and crafts, and her family. She believes in the power of prayer, and asks for support from the community.
A gofundme page has been established and her progress is updated on Facebook under prayersforaniya.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.