Born Together, Buddies Forever

For: Leslie and Richard Low
Organizer: Emily Walton
Born Together, Buddies Forever (Leslie and Richard Low)
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The Story

In September 2013 the Lows were surprised to discover they had conceived rare spontaneous (no invitro)triplets!  The boys were born healthy at 34 weeks - Thomas, Mason and Luke.

In February Richard noticed Mason had an abnormally shaped pupil.  Upon further examinations at the Dr., they discovered Mason had a rare condition - retinoblastoma, eye cancer.  Which was totally unrelated to the abnormally shaped pupil.

The Dr. asked them to bring back all the triplets the following day for an appointment with an oncologist.  It was discovered that not only did Mason have 2 tumors, but all 3 babies have retinoblastoma.

More than anything - they ask for your prayers.They believe in a Father in Heaven that is watching over them, and bringing them peace and tender mercies along the way. One of which, is they feel so fortunate to have caught it early.  The triplets are only 3 months old.

Retinoblastoma is rare, and as such, we haven't been given a set timeline for treatment.  In that it is agressive, we know they like to treat it quickly.  From other experiences we've read, it could be a 3 week initial stay in Toronto, followed by visits every 2 weeks.

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We are overwhelmed with the generosity, love and support that has been shown to Leslie and Richard and their sweet family.  So many kind offers, donations, and heartfelt emails have poured in.  Thank you.  We didn't realize how quickly this story would spread, and how generous people would be.  We've learned to never underestimate the good people in this world!

We want to restate, the thing the Low's ask for the very most are prayers.  They have great faith that Heavenly Father is watching over them and their situation.  The emails of support and encouragement and understanding are really buoying them.  Thank you for being so thoughtful.

We don't want people to feel like they need to donate.  We have learned a few comforting things, such that, Alberta will help them get to and from Toronto.  We are unsure of the prognosis and length of treatment at this point.

We know there are so many others, less fortunate, who haven't been a recipient to such an overwhelming goodness of mankind.

We think it only fair that any extra funds that are raised and not used during the Lows treatment, will be shared with other children also fighting Retinoblastoma.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 26, 2014

Posted on July 26, 2014

We have had many requests asking how people can donate.  We have reopened this fundraiser for that purpose.  We aren't soliciting for donations, but we have found this is a great way for people to donate, should they want to.

We are so greatful for the generosity of so many people.

Posted on March 5, 2014

Posted on March 5, 2014

It's become a bit difficult to update this fundraiser page as well as their blog. 
Therefore, I've decided to simplify.  All updates will now be on their family blog.

Posted on March 1, 2014

Posted on March 1, 2014

Dr. Gaille called, and she is wonderful.  She was able to give Leslie and Richard some good information and some hope.  She said her 'goal' is to save all six eyes.  Obviously their first priority is stopping the cancer, but then saving the eyes.

All babies have atleast 1 tumor in an eye.  Thomas and Mason appear to have large tumors in the center of the eye which will impede their central vision.  Luke was a little squirmy during the scan, but a few spots were found in his eye.

They also detected that although tumors haven't developed in their other eye yet, they soon will.  This means they most likely have hereditary retinoblastoma.  Blood tests will be done once in Toronto.

The boys will suffer from vision loss.  But, we are hopeful that they will accomodate well, as so many that have also been through retinoblastoma have shared their beautiful stories with us.

Thank you so much for all your love and support.
We can feel it!
Even amongst the uncertainty, worry, and heartache, Leslie and Richard feel so blessed and so thankful for kind people that have reached out to them.

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