The Ely family collects donations for a sick granddaughter


As a tumor that makes up 85 percent of three-year-old Channing Hermansen’s bladder, the family repeatedly travels to Salt Lake City for extensive treatments.

Channing was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer that most commonly affects children. It is reported that approximately 350 children, adolescents, and young adults in the United States are diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma each year, which is slightly more common in boys and often occurs before the age of 5. It is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children.

Channing’s parents, Maryah and Cody Hermansen, live in Elko, but Channing’s grandparents, Shirley and Don Purinton, the owners of the Ely Central Theater, live in Ely and do their best to help with medical expenses. They have donated proceeds from their ticket sales from movies to raffles for livestock and other donated items to help out during this difficult time.

In late September, Channing began his first treatment, which included placing a chemotherapy port and removing lymph nodes near his bladder. It has been reported that there are no cancer cells or tumor growth anywhere in the body. The cancer is localized in and around the prostate and in and around the bladder, which is stage 3.

But in just three months, Channing had seven chemo treatments and a catheter to keep his kidneys from suffering additional damage.

Shirley said, “He has to travel back and forth to Salt Lake City for various treatments. This is a tedious endeavor to manage with his family’s financial situation. It is not said that Don and I, as parents and grandparents, will do everything we can to help them, but it is still not enough. “

Shirley said the GoFundMe page called “Channing’s Cancer Fight” was created and is accessible through the GoFundMe website. Bracelets are also available at the Ely Central Theater and Flower Basket in Ely, and a Venmo account has been created: @ Cody-Hermansen

“A little from many people is enough, we also need all the prayers we can get. I believe in the power of prayer,” said Shirley.

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