Eli Vela


Meet Eli, an 8-year-old from Hesston, KS whose cancer journey began at age 1 when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He completed 3 1/2 years of chemotherapy treatments and 15 months later in April of 2019 received the devastating news his cancer had returned. His family’s lives were turned upside down once again in the blink of an eye. Eli is currently a part of an immunotherapy/chemotherapy clinical trial for relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

He is set to complete treatment in April of 2021. Eli will be a 3rd grader this year. He loves to play video games, football, soccer, basketball and is a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan. He loves spending time with his parents and 3 brothers: Isaac, Malachi and Ezekiel. Eli also adores his dog Bruno. Eli’s courage and strength are what have carried him and his family through this cancer journey. We have faith that he will win this battle once again! Here’s to Eli being a part of Roundball’s Big Three in 2020!

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