Rachel has moved into the Long Term Maintenance phase of treatement for her leukemia. This means fewer hospital and doctor visits but additional support services. In addition to her once a month clinic visits for chemo, Rachel also sees specialists for psychological and physical therapy as was as gastro-intestinal and ear, nose and throat doctors to help her with side effects from treatment. Your support in helping us cover the costs of these expenses is greatly appreciated.
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One day your child is energetic and eating her weight in pizza, and the next day she barely wants a few bites and needs a couple of naps. It can happen that fast. Leukemia can sneak into your family’s life quietly and aggressively. Our daughter went from Girl Scout summer camp to the children's hospital in less than a day. There is no way to describe the emotions a parent experiences and trying to understand what is going through a 9 year old mind is anyone’s guess.
Rachel is a sweet little girl who has been diagnosed with ALL type Leukemia and while she has been given this horrible diagnosis, her sprit shines through. Her smile hasn't changed and the twinkle in her eye hasn't lessened, especially if she's telling a joke. Caroline, her older sister, still loves to tickle her, her friends still make her giggle and stuffed animals and books are still her favorite toys.
After 3 months of painful treatment, Rachel is still facing another 30 months or more of chemotherapy, spinal taps and muscle weakness. With already more than $200,000 in medical bills accumulated for hospital stays, chemotherapy, oncologists, ct scans, mris, prescriptions, medical supplies, etc., even this working family with insurance finds themselves financially stressed.
We live in a very supportive community. So many people have already provided meals, dropped off gifts and sent messages of support. Every act of generosity is appreciated. They all make a difference. Each one reminds us of the love and caring being sent to them. From the bottom of our hearts.....thank YOU for caring. All donations help.