Meet Kid Captain Eli Belser
Eli started getting sick in 2019 and local doctors couldn’t determine what was wrong. He had difficulty eating and walking and was in constant pain.
“We knew that was potentially his only chance to be able to wrestle in a tournament,” Katie recalls, adding that not only did he get to wrestle, but he won first place. “He was on cloud nine, walking through the hall lifting his trophy up over his head.”
His parents are grateful for his care team.
“We always say you feel like you never want to be there, under any circumstance, but if you absolutely have to, we were so grateful that we were there,” Katie says. “They took all our concerns and they really addressed them with each other. They were just great.”
Eli still receives follow-up care at the hospital, and as of May, has been in remission for two years.
Now 7, he is a second-grader whose latest love is fishing.
“He does get tired easier, but Eli gives it his all, all the time,” Katie says. “You would never in a million years think this kid ever went through treatment or had cancer in his life. He looks great, and usually has a smile on his face.”