Family: Latest MRI Shows "Dainty Warrior" Cancer-Free - NBC Chicago

Family: Latest MRI Shows "Dainty Warrior" Cancer-Free

Ania Moriarty suffers from retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer that affects 300 children annually



    "Dainty Warrior" Thrives Following Cancer Surgery

    9/17/2014: Four-year-old Chicago girl sells her paintings to help other sick kids. NBC 5's Rob Elgas reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014)

    The mother of a 4-year-old Chicago girl known as the “Dainty Warrior” says her daughter's latest MRI results indicate she is free of cancer.

    "She has waited patiently for her dya to celebrate cancer freedom," her family wrote on the Dainty Warrior blog. "The day is here!"

    Ania Moriarty suffers from retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer that affects 300 children annually. After failed chemotherapy, After failed chemotherapy, doctors were forced to remove Ania's left eye earlier this year and replace it with a prosthetic.

    "This journey is ending and we are ready to close the chapter on this warrior's cancer saga," the family posted. "We have had many followers and many of you have lifted her (and our family) up in good thoughts and prayer. We will never be able to say thank you enough."

    Painting Helps 3-Year-Old Cope With Cancer

    [CHI] Painting Helps 3-Year-Old Cope With Cancer
    A 3-year-old Chicago girl has picked up a hobby that's not only helped her deal with a rare form of cancer -- it's starting to pay some of the bills for her travel and care. Unfortunately her chemotherapy failed and doctors will need to remove her left eye to save her life.
    (Published Tuesday, March 11, 2014)

    Last month, family said Ania was doing well in school and continues to create and sell her paintings, with the proceeds helping other sick kids.

    "It really affect all families, and being able to share and help other families out is really important. You just don't know how much is means to other families," Ania's father, Michael Moriarty said. "We're still selling her art, but we're offering the proceeds to St. Baldrick's, one of the best pediatric cancer groups, because they provide most of their money to research."

    Ania has also added ballet to her artistry, complete with an outfit with wings. During cancer treatments, Ania liked to share her wings with others battling cancer.

    "Even for that moment, when any kids put those wings on, puts their arms out like she does, you see that freedom in the sense of, you know, we're going through cancer but you still feel ... free," Ania's mother, Erica, said.

    For information on purchasing Ania's paintings, visit her web site.

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