Stroudsburg, Monroe County – Baby Ella Fields brought her family so much Joy, especially
when she danced. Her father Christopher said, "She enjoyed all types of music, especially Polka music."
The Fields family is from Sciota, Monroe County. Life was great as Ella and her
twin sister Grace learned to walk and talk. Christopher smiled, "She was
just a happy go lucky child at that age."
Things changed shortly after the girls turned one. Doctors diagnosed Ella with a rare
terminal disease. "[It's] Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis,” noted Christopher.
She was admitted to a children’s hospital two weeks before Christmas of 2003. Soon
after, Grace was diagnosed with the same disease. "While we were in the
hospital, we did not have the availability or the funds to go out and buy gifts
for the girls,” said their father.
But people wanted to make sure the toddlers could still experience the holiday.
Charities and friends donated presents. "Words can't express that. It's
just awesome what it does,” said Christopher.
Ella died before her second birthday. Now her family collects toys for terminally
ill children in her honor. They were through a charity called the Chai
They collect toys at the Five Below stores in Stroudsburg, Dickson City, and
Phillipsburg, New Jersey. All you have to do is buy a toy and tell the cashier
it is for Ella’s Toy Drive. Grace, while still battling immune system issues, loves to help. "She's
more than happy to buy something for somebody who really needs it that may not
survive, a very giving child."
Grace is ten years old now. She wants to keep her sister’s memory alive and she hopes
you will help.
If you can’t make it to a Five Below store you can drop off toys at Cartesion Dance Studio in Brodheadsille, PA.
A PayPal account is set up through firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information you can contact email@example.com or call
Donations need to be made by November 20th so the charity has time to sort and prepare them by Chanukah.
Grace’s family wanted to thank some supporters. They wrote this statement, “Pet Smart in
Stroudsburg is also donating the pet stuff animals this year to our Toy Drive.
We also want to thank BJ Toys in Pen Argyl for their stuffed animals
they have been a great supporter of the toy drive for many years as well.
We go under the 501C of Chai Lifeline they have the permission to go to the children's hospitals and home bound children. However, we also donate to Lehigh Valley Specialty Care center where Grace's
still goes for care and anyone who requests or needs us to send toys~ if we have
them we will give whatever we can.”
* Note - This article originally stated the girls were diagnosed with a form of cancer. That was incorrect. Their diagnosis was similar to cancer.