‘She needs a miracle’: Upstate family asks for prayers for daughter battling Stage 4 cancer

‘She needs a miracle’: Upstate family asks for prayers for daughter battling Stage 4 cancer
Riley Faith Steep (Source: WYFF)

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (WYFF) - A Simpsonville family is asking for global prayers for their 4-year-old daughter battling a rare form of cancer. They’ve gotten support from people all around the world over the last several months.

On Wednesday, Riley Faith Steep, 4, is headed back to the doctor in Greenville to gets tests and scans done to see if a new treatment has been working. Her family is asking for prayers that the results come back showing the treatment is going well.

Riley was diagnosed with Stage 4 Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma around September. Her father says the diagnosis is one in a million, and even less common in children.

“We noticed she was gaining weight and we were alarmed by how much weight she was gaining,” Riley’s father Matt Steep said.

Riley’s grandmother said they took her to the doctor and got alarming news.

“They found her tumor on her adrenal gland,” Riley’s grandmother Tiffany Page said. “It was the size of two grapefruits.”

Page says they visited doctors all over the East Coast, but says some told them the tumors were inoperable. In September, she says they found doctors who could remove tumors on Riley’s adrenal gland, as well as three tumors in her lungs.

Riley’s family says she also went through four rounds of chemotherapy and had countless tests, scans and bloodwork done. Her father says the chemotherapy didn’t seem to be working.

Page took to social media to share Riley’s story and ask for support.

“When I found out she had cancer, I felt extremely helpless,” she said. “Like I couldn’t fix the problem.”

Page says she started asking for global prayer. She says they’ve since gotten support in the forms of cards, messages and care packages from people around the world.

While they continued to receive prayers, Riley’s family searched for doctors who had other treatments available. Steep says they connected with other families through social media who were going through the same thing, and found a hospital in New York.

Steep says his daughter started immunotherapy in December. They make a road trip up to the hospital in New York every three weeks and are due back this weekend.

He says Riley has an appointment in Greenville Wednesday to see if she’s making progress with the immunotherapy. Right now, he says she still has some extremely small tumors, but they’re asking everyone to keep praying for Riley.

“Nobody’s promised tomorrow,” Steep said. “Every day everybody wakes up, you just never know what life’s going to bring.”

You can follow Riley’s journey here.

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