Ella Phillips-Shimovetz, 4, of Beavercreek, held by her mother Jennifer Phillips, pets Buddy, a horse from Karen’s Carriage, as she was surprised by her family with a horse-drawn carriage ride to take her to her final radiation treatment at the Cincinnati Children's Liberty Campus Wednesday morning, Nov. 16 in Liberty Township. She is one of the first pediatric patients to complete treatment at the Cincinnati Children's/UC Health Proton Therapy Center. In May, doctors diagnosed Ella with a cancerous tumor, Rhabdomyosarcoma of the biliary tract. After her carriage ride, Ella will undergo her final 28th radiation treatment. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Cancer patient, 4, gets carriage ride to Cincinnati Children’s

The child is one of the first pediatric patients to complete treatment at the hospital’s proton therapy center.

A 4-year-old girl from Beavercreek who is fighting cancer received a magical surprise Thursday morning at Cincinnati Children’s Campus in Liberty Twp.

Ella Phillips-Shimovetz was taken by horse drawn carriage to her final radiation treatment at the hospital.

Ella Phillips-Shimovetz, 4, of Beavercreek, held by her mother Cheryl Shimovetz, is greeted by staff of the Proton Therapy Center after she was surprised by her family with a horse-drawn carriage ride by Karen’s Carriage to take her to her final radiation treatment at the Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus Wednesday morning, Nov. 16 in Liberty Township. She is one of the first pediatric patients to complete treatment at the Cincinnati Children’s/UC Health Proton Therapy Center. In May, doctors diagnosed Ella with a cancerous tumor, Rhabdomyosarcoma of the biliary tract. After her carriage ride, Ella will undergo her final 28th radiation treatment. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Photo: Nick Graham

“A lot of people wait a long time to meet their hero. Ella is our hero” said her mother, Cheryl Shimovetz. “She’s amazing. She’s so strong every morning she wakes up and says ‘OK where are we going today.’”

In May, doctors diagnosed Ella with a cancerous tumor, Rhabdomyosarcoma of the biliary tract. A tumor was found in her bile duct. Cheryl Shimovetz says her daughter has responded well to chemotherapy.

Ella is one of the first pediatric patients to complete treatment at the Cincinnati Children’s/UC Health Proton Therapy Center.

Ella Phillips-Shimovetz, 4, of Beavercreek, was surprised by her family with a horse-drawn carriage ride by Karen’s Carriage to take her to her final radiation treatment at the Cincinnati Children's Liberty Campus Wednesday morning, Nov. 16 in Liberty Township. She is one of the first pediatric patients to complete treatment at the Cincinnati Children's/UC Health Proton Therapy Center. In May, doctors diagnosed Ella with a cancerous tumor, Rhabdomyosarcoma of the biliary tract. After her carriage ride, Ella will undergo her final 28th radiation treatment. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Photo: Nick Graham

Ella likes to dress up like a princess and she likes horses, according to a news release from Cincinnati Children’s. Her family and friends decided a carriage ride to her 28th and final radiation treatment would be an appropriate way to combine those two loves and surprise Ella.

“She’s just a good kid and she smiles all the time for us,” Sybil Shimovetz, Ella’s grandmother, said.

Ella will still need to receive chemotherapy treatments, according to the news release from Children’s.

“This is really special because she’s four years old,” said Karen Grosheim, who with her horse Buddy took Ella on that magical ride.

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