Elizabeth De La Cruz-Noland
Elizabeth De La Cruz-Noland is a mom of two. Her second child, Elijah, was born with spinal muscular atrophy type 1. Elijah was in the NICU for a little over 3 months due to his severe symptoms at birth. Doctors were concerned since he was very floppy at birth. They quickly transported him to a local NICU where they ran a bunch of tests and labs to find a diagnosis. He was officially diagnosed at 5 days old through newborn screening that confirmed he had SMA type 1, in March of 2021.
Elijah received a one-time infusion of a two million drug named Zolgensma. He was the first baby to be treated with Zolgensma in CHLA's Nicu.
Elizabeth is now a full-time caregiver to Elijah. She is a stay at home mom, although most days she feels like a taxi driver constantly on the go.
She graduated from Cal State Fullerton in California with a bachelor's in Sociology. She currently resides in California with her husband Joshua, 7-year-old daughter Brianna, and almost 2-year-old son Elijah.
Elizabeth is still learning to navigate being a mom/ caregiver to a medically complex child. She aspires to share her journey in hopes of spreading awareness, helping another newly diagnosed family, and inspiring others to never give up.
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