A family in Yorkton is going through one of the scariest situations that any of us can possibly imagine. At the age of only seven years old, Serenity Fabrick-Kequahtooway underwent surgery due to an extremely bloated stomach. “Within 8 weeks, she looked 9 months pregnant. We booked a doctor’s appointment with our family doctor. Upon seeing her, he scheduled an X-Ray and then an emergency ultrasound. Within three weeks, we had an appointment with
a specialist in Regina. We were told there was a large mass and they believed it was a Teratoma tumor. Our lives shattered in front of us,” Sharon Fabrick, the young girl’s grandma and primary caregiver explained via a GoFundMe page.
From there, the surgery was scheduled and a five pound tumor was removed. The tumor originated on Serenity’s left ovary and was attached to her ovarian tube. At the time, due to the sheer size of the mass, they were unable to find the right ovary. It was at this moment, the seven year old was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, an extremely rare diagnosis for that age.
Since then, Serenity has undergone numerous surgeries and received chemotherapy treatments. Despite this, the cancer keeps returning. Doctors have since found tumors along her intestines, on the right ovary and most recently, in her lungs.
Being such a rare case, doctors are unfamiliar with what steps should be taken and the family is now reaching out to other centres for help such as Toronto, New York and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The Mayo Clinic would like to meet with the family; however, the cost for the appointment is $7,000 USD. “This does not cover any testing, let alone getting us there and back,” Fabrick added.
In hopes of helping cover some of the costs to help treat her now 9-year-old granddaughter, Fabrick has created a GoFundMe page, which can be found at www.gofundme.com/serenitys-ovarian-cancer-journey.