Elita Basha was just 9 years old when her precious life was cut short due to DIPG. Diagnosed in August of 2019, Elita endured an 11 month unimaginable battle with a fighting courage no child should ever have to possess.
Born in New York, an only child to Dafina Basha, Elita was kind, beautiful and so full of life. Her sweet personality and ever-present smile warmed the hearts of everyone she met and her story touched thousands across the world.
Elita loved school, dressing up and dancing. Purple was her favorite color, and while she loved dolls, painting and puppies, her vibrant spirit never shied away from other activities like running and biking.
Even during treatment, undergoing countless needle pokes and doctor visits, Elita once proclaimed, “life is not hard”. But still, DIPG is one of the cruelest diseases known to mankind, and over time Elita lost her ability to do all of the things she once loved.
Elita passed away on July 9, 2020, just 20 days after her 9th birthday. In those final days Dafina made a promise to herself that she would honor her daughter’s incredible spirit by fighting to one day have viable treatment options for other children.
In the midst of navigating her incredible pain and loss, Dafina has joined the ChadTough Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation as a Family Partner, to help raise awareness and funds for the research so desperately needed in order for a cure. Dafina shared with us this powerful poem that offers a glimpse into the heart of a grieving mother:
A MOTHER’S ACHING HEART FOR HER CHILD Most people have experienced pain of some sort, Do you remember a time when tears came without warning and just flowed? Maybe that was one minute, one hour, one day, But imagine this being every minute, every hour, every day, For many days, many nights, many weeks, Tears flowing and you cry yourself to sleep. That’s a mother’s heart grieving for her child before she even lost her, That’s a mother’s heart aching because she cannot make it better, That’s a mother’s heart aching for her child with terminal cancer!A mother that cannot even tell her! How can I watch her drift away, while I stay?!” “How can I tell her that it will be ok? That’s a mother’s heart wishing she can make it go away, That’s a mother’s heart wanting to switch places and take that pain away. You always promise your child you will protect them, You always promise to keep them safe, But this time that is not the case! This time you cannot keep that promise, This time you are hopeless and helpless, And tears keep flowing, they are endless! Awareness=Funds=RESEARCH=CURE