Prayer Request: Ella Newmiller

Prayer request for Ella Newmiller, a 5-year-old girl with an inoperable brain stem tumor..

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Claim:   Prayers are requested for Ella Newmiller, a 5-year-old North Carolina girl with an inoperable brain stem tumor.

Status:   Outdated.

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, May 2008]

Please add this to your church’s prayer chain.

On Sunday, April 27th, Ella Newmiller and her family attended church at Edenton Street United Methodist, in Raleigh, as they do each week. Ella is in my son Scott’s, 4 year old Sunday School class. Ella did not feel well that evening. Her parents, Renae and Mark, took her to an urgent care facility. On Monday, they found themselves at UNC Hospitals, being faced with the news that their precious daughter has an inoperable brain tumor. It is located at the base of her brain, inside the brain stem.

Friday, May 2nd, was Ella’s 5th birthday. Friends at Edenton Street

Ella Newmiller

pulled together an amazing celebration for ‘Princess Ella’. She arrived in a horse drawn carriage and was greeted by over 100 friends dressed in their royal best. ‘Mr. and Miss Wolf’ from NC State, plus ‘Stormy’, from the Carolina Hurricanes joined in the celebration. There was a DJ, beauty queens, bubbles, balloons and presents.

Ella’s mother, Renae, commented, ‘We don’t need meals or errands. The only thing we really need is PRAYER.’ Renae asked me to tell friends, ‘even if they don’t know Ella’, to please pray. She asked that those friends ask 10 friends (even if they don’t know the Newmillers) to pray. So, I am asking you to pray daily for Ella Newmiller, for the oncologists and physicians directing her care, for her parents, Renae and Mark, and for her brother Jack (2nd grade). Pray for God’s healing hand. Pray for both direction and comfort for Ella’s family. Also pray for strength and courage for Ella. Additionally, if you feel led, please forward this prayer request to friends.

I am attaching a photo of Ella from Friday’s 5th birthday celebration. If you would like updates on Ella, please log onto her care page at under Ella Newmiller.

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Origins:   As the prayer request reproduced above describes, in April 2008 the family of Ella Newmiller learned just before the little girl’s fifth birthday that she has an inoperable brain stem tumor. As Bonnie Rochman of the Raleigh, North Carolina, News & Observer observed in a blog entry on the Triangle Mom 2 Mom site:


had been glassy-eyed and sleepy the last week of April. Teachers wondered if she had allergies. Her mother, Renae, speculated she may have taken a tumble and sustained a concussion.

An MRI revealed a much scarier truth.

Word went out via e-mail, and people around the world, in India, in France, in Germany and China, responded that they are praying for her. A rainbow of religions — the more, the better, and they welcome your prayers too.

Ella’s parents are struggling with what to tell their daughter about what’s happening to her body.

She knows she has something in her brain that needs to come out. She knows her parents are researching every possible way to get it out. What she doesn’t know is there aren’t a lot of options.

Doctors at UNC-Chapel Hill offer two choices: Radiation or nothing at all. Both alternatives yield the same end result.

According to the care page for Ella established on, she passed away on 8 February 2012.

Last updated:   9 February 2012