CLEVELAND — The Armenian Mirror-Spectator first reported on the case of Stella Arakelian in August. Arakelian, 17, is a native of Armenia in Cleveland to receive treatement for cancer at the Cleveland Clinic.
She and her mother, Irena, have been adopted by the local Armenian community, under the aegis of St. Gregory of Narek Church and its pastor, Rev. Hratch Sargsyan.
The community, through St. Gregory of Narek Church and its pastor, Fr. Hratch Sargsyan, is rallying behind Stella Arakelyan, 17, a leukemia patient from Armenia, has been receiving care at the Cleveland Clinic since May. Stella is accompanied by her mother, Iren.
The teenager had been diagnosed in Armenia with leukemia. Her family was devastated as the young Stella had already been fighting diabetes since age 10.
Doctors treating her at the Cleveland Clinic with monthly chemotherapy had told the family that Stella’s best chance for beating the cancer was by receiving a bone marrow transplant. Against all odds, she found a match earlier this fall and had her surgery on November 8.