Monroe Middle School eighth-grader diagnosed with rare cancer

On March 30, Natalee was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma -- a rare form of bone cancer.

Posted: Apr 19, 2020 6:17 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2020 10:45 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- An eighth-grader is battling a rare form of cancer after believing it was just a broken bone.

Natalee Paul is a student at Monroe Middle School in Eugene.

"At school she had an incident where she thought she broke her toe," said her father Jeff Paul.

At first, the doctors told her it was a possible break, and all she could do was wait for it to heal naturally.

But when it kept flaring up, the Paul family knew something wasn't right.

"At first I thought, 'It's just a broken toe, it's easy, you'll get it over with,' and then as soon as it started going on, I didn't think much of it," Natalee said.

After CAT scans, MRIs, PET scans, and more, Natalee was referred to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

"That's when we discovered how aggressive her cancer was and how aggressive this form of cancer is," said Natalee's step-mother.

On March 30, Natalee was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma -- a rare form of bone cancer making it difficult for her to play volleyball, a game she loves so much.

Three days ago, a GoFundMe page was set up by Natalee's grandmother, raising nearly $50,000 in the short time it's been up; that number steadily rising.

"Everyone in the community's just rallied around us, even people we don't know," said Natalee's mom.

Natalee starts her first round of chemo Monday at Doernbecher hospital.

"I'm pretty nervous," she said. "But I know it's just another journey in my life adventure."

From all of us at KEZI-- you've got this Natalee. We're all rooting for you.

You can reach Natalee's GoFundMe here

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