After ruling out a urinary tract infection, a scan revealed that she had a grapefruit-sized Wilms tumor on her kidney.
A happy-go-lucky girl of 4 years is now fighting for her life after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of kidney cancer. Imi Schneider diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in September after doctors found a "grapefruit-sized" Wilms tumor on her kidney, according to the GoFundMe page set up in her name by a relative, Parisa Faramarzi. Imi Schneider is described as "smart, sassy, and fun" by Faramarzi. It all started when Imi Schneider noticed blood in her urine. The parents took her to a hospital suspecting a urinary tract infection but the doctor ruled it out and referred them to a nephrologist. After undergoing an ultrasound, she was diagnosed Imi with a kidney tumor, writes Faramarzi. The 4-year-old had to undergo surgery to remove the tumor and her left kidney.
Imi Schneider's condition—Wilms tumors or nephroblastoma—only affects children, according to the American Cancer Society, and starts in the kidney. About 9 of 10 kidney cancers in children are Wilms tumors. A CT scan showed Imi had spots on her lungs as well, reported PEOPLE. The family was heartbroken after their little girl was diagnosed with cancer. "Our world stopped for a moment," writes Faramarzi. The four-year-old is now undergoing chemotherapy. Faramarzi is seeking financial help on the GoFundMe to help the family cope with the costs of treatment. "Relieving some of the financial pressures placed on Imi’s family will allow them to focus on the love and support they need to provide while not having to stress about how they will afford the treatment that is healing our spunky girl. They have living expenses, medical expenses, and time needed to be off work for treatments that make these already incredibly hard times even harder. Anything helps," reads the GoFundMe page.
"Imi is a fighter. She constantly says how proud she is of herself and we couldn’t be more proud of her. She has been strong and positive through all of these changes. She tackles each one and continues to offer love to all of us," reads the GoFundMe page. Imi had a rescan on November 3 but the cancerous spot had grown. "Although the spots had not grown, they had not responded as much as they could have The doctors decided to add to the treatment plan radiation, a new chemo drug, as well as an additional 7 weeks of chemotherapy. This radiation is inpatient and requires her parents, Soraya and Bret, to be with her in the hospital," writes Faramarzi.
Despite the scan results, Faramarzi is optimistic Imi can fight this and come out on top. "Thanks to incredible developments in modern medicine, most of these children (nearly 80-88%) make a full recovery and live a healthy life. No matter how high the success rates, it is a terrifying experience to learn that your child has been diagnosed with this disease and must undergo surgery, chemo, and radiation to be cured. It is also terrifying and overwhelming to not know how you will financially be able to handle these treatments to save your child."
It's Imi's spirits that are keeping the family optimistic. "She has been viewing her time at the hospital as a fun sleepover and is keeping her spirits up. She has been so brave! She loves Halloween so she has been wearing these bat ears all week to keep the spooky season going," wrote Faramarzi. The GoFundMe page set a target of $15,000 but the support for Imi has been overwhelming, raising close to $37,000. Many left heartwarming messages and prayers for the 4-year-old. Michael Bronner wrote, "This just tears my heart up. I would trade my life to give her a full life anytime. I pray that God will take me and spare this little girl. I pray for God to spare her life and take away these troubles."