It is hard to fathom yourself having to fight Nephroblastoma, (or Wilm's Tumor), and then ask yourself, why? Picture a darling three-year-old girl named Elise Scott who was diagnosed with cancer in May of this year. Since that time, Elise has had to endure surgery to remove a tumor and one kidney.

It is hard to fathom yourself having to fight Nephroblastoma, (or Wilm's Tumor), and then ask yourself, why? Picture a darling three-year-old girl named Elise Scott who was diagnosed with cancer in May of this year. Since that time, Elise has had to endure surgery to remove a tumor and one kidney.


Elise is currently in the second half of her six months chemotherapy treatment, which will end December of this year. She has lost most of her hair. During the first half of the chemotherapy, she was traveling to Sacramento every week, but now it is every three weeks with visits in between to check her blood.


X-rays on Elise's abdomen and chest came back clear, but the Stage 3 cancer showed up on her kidney, meaning it had to be removed.     A lymph node came back positive. She is the daughter of Tanya Owen and Ronny Scott of Oroville. Her mom has had to take a leave of absence as a pharmacy tech at CVS Pharmacy in Oroville and the insurance premiums still need to be met without her income.


Fund raisers have been held including a cut-a-thon held in July and a yard sale in August and upcoming for September, a Barrel Race and Team Roping Jackpot will be held this Saturday at Ledger Arena, 6165 Power House Hill Road in Oroville with registration beginning at 8 a.m.


Tanya and Ronny are members of the Oroville Pageant Riders. For Elise's third birthday in December, the family was able to achieve her dream of having her own pony. This is hard to believe, but before Elise was diagnosed in May, her pony was diagnosed with a blood cancer, similar to leukemia and had to endure many medical treatments. The pony is looking good now, according to Elise's grandmother Mary Griffin, but the medical bills of course added up for the pony, which have been covered.


The entry fee is $20 per rider to barrel race  at 9 a.m. on Saturday with a two run average. Kid's peewee barrel racing will also be held. For more information on this, call 533-3717 or 534-7841.


A BBQ lunch will be served for just $3.50, and there will also be a bake sale.


Team roping will follow the barrel racing, with sign-ups at 9 a.m., two pots and three steers, $15 per person (4 GOS). Team roping information can be obtained by calling 533-1001 or 530-933-8365.


Silent and live auctions will be held, thanks to Kevin and Lisa Benedict. All gifts and donations are tax deductible.


Everyone is invited to attend and for those who don't ride, bring a lawn chair and sit under the trees to enjoy lunch and the day, while helping a family who is having to endure so much strife.


Donation cans can be found in Gridley at Ace Hardware, Les Schwab Tire and Safeway.


The family would like to thank Pat Little, Gail Coats, Gary Ledger, Kevin and Lisa Benedict and Janine Cody for all of their help.