McFees grateful for community support

9-month-old baby has rare cancer

Photo by Jess Mancini Nine-month-old Lynlee McFee sits on mother Amy McFee’s lap with her father, Mike, at right. Lynlee is being treated for a rare cancer on her liver, diagnosed a month ago.

PARKERSBURG — A Wirt County family is grateful for the community support for their baby who was diagnosed with a rare cancer.

Lynlee Ruth McFee, 9 months, was diagnosed with the rare cancer on her liver a month ago and has been undergoing treatment at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

“It’s been unbelievable,” Mike McFee of Elizabeth said of the help he and his wife, Amy, have received.

Lynlee’s cancer on her liver is called an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor, Amy said. Doctors have seen only three such cases in the United States, Amy said.

“It’s a brain cancer on her liver,” she said. “That’s what makes it so rare.”

The cancer was discovered during a routine checkup with her pediatrician, Dr. Orton Armstrong, in Parkersburg, Amy said. Her stomach was enlarged, Amy said.

“They saw she had a large mass on her liver,” Amy said.

Lynlee undergoes chemotherapy every week in Morgantown, Amy said. If there’s a problem requiring immediate attention, she can go to Camden Clark Medical Center because of its affiliation with WVU Medicine, she said.

Eventually Lynlee will have to undergo a liver transplant, Amy said. She also is being treated for two spots on her lungs, which have to be remedied before she can be a candidate for the transplant, Amy said.

It was difficult at first to deal with the situation, the McFees said.

“We quit crying about it and we decided we have to fight it,” Amy said.

The community is helping, too, she said.

The wrestling team at Wirt County High School held a benefit and served dinners for about 500 people, Amy said. The McFees oldest son, Glen, 18, is a member of the wrestling team. They have two other sons, Grady, 14, and Morgan, 6.

A raffle in St. Marys was equally successful, she said. Ellison Dozer in Elizabeth donated 20 tons of gravel for a benefit, Amy said.

“That made a huge amount of money,” she said.

Schools in Wirt County also held hat day promotions to raise funds to help the family, Amy said.

“We’ve been very blessed,” she said.

The majority of the proceeds will be for the expenses related to the transplant, Amy said. In the meantime, anyone interested in a benefit or the cancer can contact her at 304 275-4323 or at amymcfee8@gmail.com.

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