In September of 2017, two year old Scarlett Unrast was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in certain kinds of nerve tissue. A group was created to support Scarlett and her family during this difficult time and to raise awareness of pediatric cancer.
Jen Fleming, a friend of the Unrast family and member of the group, spoke to the Celina Kiwanis about Scarlett and upcoming fundraisers planned by the Scarlett the Brave group. Scarlett’s initial symptoms included stomachaches similar to an intestinal virus. An ultrasound revealed a tumor with growths around the child’s aorta. After Scarlett endured multiple tests and x-rays, she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. Since then she has received rounds of chemotherapy and blood transfusions as part of her treatment. She is a candidate for a bone marrow transplant. Doctors will be able to use her own marrow which may reduce, although not eliminate, the chance of rejection.
To raise funds to help with her medical bills, the support group has two events planned for April. “Slams for Scarlett,” a night of wrestling, is scheduled for April 7 at Coldwater High School. “Scarlett the Brave: Roar at Neuroblastoma” is scheduled for April 21. This event includes supper, a silent auction, and more. It will be at the Cooper Farms Jr. Fair Building.