Local Child Who Beat Cancer Named Champion Child for Oregon
Chloe Staten (left) interviews live with Randa Gore (right) of Newswatch 12 at a recognition event in Medford on June 19.
Chloe Staten, a Phoenix High School student, is the Children’s Miracle Network Champion Child for Oregon 2014. Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center and Asante Three Rivers Medical Center are Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
A cancer survivor who was diagnosed with Rhabdomysarcoma (soft tissue cancer) in 2008, Chloe was nominated by the Asante Foundation in recognition of her journey which serves as an inspiration to other children. She has visited the pediatric department of Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center to encourage children as they battle their own life-threatening illnesses. She has recruited students to volunteer for Children’s Miracle Network, she has spoken to the Asante Foundation Board of Trustees about the need to support pediatric hospital care in the Rogue Valley, and she is starting her own non-profit organization to help other children.
On the Fourth of July weekend, 2008, Chloe was at her grandpa’s house in Brookings, Oregon, playing with Pearl, their schnauzer. Pearl kept sniffing around Chloe’s left ear. Chloe found a lump on the back side. Her mom put some antibiotic cream on it.
In a few weeks, the lump was not only still there, it was noticeably bigger. Chloe’s pediatrician prescribed antibiotics. A week later it was still growing. The doctor ordered it removed for a biopsy. A family friend who was a plastic surgeon looked at it on a Thursday and removed the lump the following Monday. That Friday her mother received a call from the doctor. The result was a rare, deadly form of childhood soft tissue cancer, Rhabdomysarcoma.
“I still remember when I heard it was cancer,” Chloe says. “I thought it was just going to take over my entire body and I was going to die.”
The next Tuesday they were at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on the Oregon Health & Science University campus in Portland, Oregon. Chloe had surgery on her ear, a spinal tap, and a port-a-cath installed. Doctors found that her cancer was localized to the one spot and had not spread (metastasized) to any other locations on her body. It was great news. Her first large treatment was done in Portland; then the terrible five-hour drive home with Chloe horribly sick and throwing up in the back of the van.
Chloe was referred to local pediatric oncologists: Donna Bradshaw, MD, and Diane Williams, MD. Now she could get her treatments at Asante Rogue Regional—a five minute drive—instead of the five-hour drive to Portland. With Chloe’s last chemotherapy treatment on January 30, 2009, she started down the path of recovery.
At the start of Chloe’s journey some classmates at Orchard Hill Elementary and their parents held a fundraiser. Thousands of dollars were raised. The money took care of all the out-of-pocket expenses, travel expenses and additional living expenses. When she was in fifth grade at Orchard Hill Elementary School, the Talent Middle School Leadership club made “Hats for Chloe” as a fundraiser, raising over $600.
Chloe was drawn to helping others, having seen the importance of giving someone assistance. She went on to do “Scarfs for Ethan.” Ethan Jostad, who passed away July of 2011, was diagnosed with the same kind of cancer, but a more aggressive form. Over $1000 was raised for Ethan. In eighth grade, Chloe took on “Scarfs for Michael & Yesenia,” raising over $600 for Michael and over $400 for Yesenia.
Chloe was nominated in fall of 2011 for the “Prudential Spirit of Community Award.” Not only did Chloe work with the Leadership Club, but she also helped her elderly grandfather deliver meals to shut-ins through “Food for Friends.”
Chloe won the Spirit of Community Award, as the Oregon Middle School Volunteer of the year. She went to Washington DC to receive her award and cash prize. In addition, she had the chance to meet with other amazing teen volunteers, as well as Eli Manning and our state Senators.
Chloe has helped for the past three years with the Breakfast with Santa event, a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network held at the Rogue Valley Mall. Chloe also spends time visiting some of the kids going through chemotherapy treatment at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Chloe also enjoys taking the Pediatric nurses cupcakes or cookies.
Today, Chloe is developing her own non-profit. She enjoys speaking to groups and sharing her love of volunteering in addition to giving childhood cancer a face.
Champions is a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program that designates a child in every state who has bravely battled a serious injury or illness. The Champions represent the nearly 17 million children treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals every year. The 2014 Champions have dealt with a wide variety of injuries and illnesses including genetic diseases, organ transplants and traumas, as well as various types of cancer.
The Champions travel for a week to Washington, D.C., where they traditionally meet with their state senators on Capitol Hill, and the president of the United States during a visit to the White House, and then they all convene to celebrate a year of medical miracles during the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Celebration event at Walt Disney World Resort.