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11-year-old with brain cancer treated to day of pampering

Elise has gone through months of treatment for brain cancer; even almost losing an eye. (Photo source: WLOX) Elise has gone through months of treatment for brain cancer; even almost losing an eye. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Eleven-year-old Elise Ritter has had her fair share of surprises.

Most of them deal with her diagnosis of pure brain cell germanoma brain cancer, a fast growing cancer that's affected her growth, thyroid, and almost took away her eyesight.

"Well I was really kinda depressed about that time. But now, I'm all happy," said Elise. 

She spent months at a time in and out of hospitals receiving chemotherapy. Her mother says the cancer is highly curable with treatment.

"She's in remission right now, sp we're eight months post treatment. So there's just a little bit of the tumor left, but they say it's gotten most of it and fortunately for us, 90 percent of the kids that get this type of brain tumor. If it's treated in time and correctly, they'll survive it," said Krissi Ritter. 

Thanks to the help of the Make A Wish Foundation and Cruisin' the Coast, thoughts of her disease were put on the back burner Thursday.

Getting VIP treatment, Cruisin' the Coast Registration Director Craig Grisoli picked up Elise from school in a 1936 Ford truck and brought her to Edgewater Mall. 

"She was pretty excited, and she saw the truck and she was pretty excited. I think she remembered it from last year when we unveiled it," said Grisoli.

The staff at Sephora in JC Penney showered her with gifts, sweets, and a makeover. She even got her nails painted.

"I feel like a princess, and I just feel really happy," said the pre-teen.

In addition to a Sephora makeover, Elise and her family will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Disney World in a few weeks.

Last year Cruisin' the Coast organizers raffled off a vehicle. The money raised paid for Ritter's makeover wish, and the wishes of two other South Mississippi children.  

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