Pampanga girl Chesca has a rare form of cancer.

The New York City-based charity group Maya’s Hope is spearheading a fund drive to help a five-year-old girl from a remote town in Pampanga, Philippines, who has a rare form of cancer that has disfigured her physically.

Maya Rowencak, the Filipino-Ukrainian-American head of Maya’s Hope, said her organization “is gathering all of its forces to create an army” to help the girl, Chesca, as she battles Ewing Sarcoma.

Ewing Sarcoma is a debilitating malignant tumor in which cancer cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue of children.

In Chesca’s case, the tumor has grown rapidly to the size of a cantaloupe in her right shoulder, and has spread to her lungs.

In a matter of few months, Chesca morphed from a happy little girl enjoying her favorite movies like “Frozen” and all things about princesses, into a weak, somber little girl.

Her parents were seeking financial assistance and, if possible, help to bring Chesca to United States when they learned about Maya’s Hope.

“Maya’s Hope was alerted to Chesca’s illness, which rapidly progressed from dire to extremely urgent,” Rowencak told the Filipino Reporter.

After evaluating Chesca’s case, her name was immediately added to Maya’s Hope’s sponsorship program, which now takes the lead in finding her medical attention.

“With the help of social media like Facebook, communities of people affected by Ewing Sarcoma, Maya’s Hope found a doctor in Manila who agreed to take Chesca under his care,” Rowencak said.

But Maya’s Hope needs to raise money for the aggressive treatment to save Chesca, whose initial treatment and surgery would cost $5,000.

The current goal is $10,000 to cover the post-surgery care, Rowencak said.

“Maya’s Hope wants to give Chesca a fighting chance,” she said, “and we’re asking everyone to spread the news to reach more people.”

Maya’s Hope has created a Crowdrise page, a popular website to raise money for a cause.

Go online at to donate.

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All donations are tax-deductible in the United States.

Maya’s Hope is raising money to help remove the large tumor on Chesca’s right arm.

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