MIDLAND PARK, N.J. — Bracelets are helping a 4-year-old Midland Park girl in her battle with cancer.
When four-year-old Angelina Phillips-Edelman was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013, her mother, Danielle Phillips, went to work. She created Angelina's Army on Facebook, along with a personal website. It inspired Alicia Messer of Demarest to sell purple and teal bracelets to help raise money toward the family's medical expenses.
"First her favorite color was purple. Now it's teal," Danielle Phillips said of her daughter. Messer set a personal goal in August of $5,000 and exceeded that within the month. She has no intention of stopping, either.
"I've seen school administrators and friends wearing the bracelets. Some of the teens sell them in their school. I even sold one to a woman in Wisconsin," Messer said.
Indeed, a virtual community has rallied around Angelina, who spends much of her time in hospitals and cannot attend school out of risk of infection.
"I feel like my kids have been robbed of their childhood," Danielle said. "My son has been dragged to the emergency room at 12 o'clock at night. It's hard on him, too."
Several bouts of chemotherapy sent Angelina's cancer into remission. It returned in July.
"We took her to Disney World for a few days, and then when we got back we told her she had to go back in," her mother said.
Angelina nonetheless remains undaunted. The spunky Daisy Girl Scout has sold 130 Girl Scout cookie boxes -- and one time, as a prank, duct-taped her brother to the floor.It makes her mom even more determined to fight for her little angel's life.
"I would like to see more research about pediatric cancer," said Danielle. "It makes me angry that pharmaceutical companies are more concerned about erectile dysfunction rather than curing cancer."No child should ever have to go through this."
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