While on a family trip from their home in Michigan to see Grandma and Grandpa in Virginia, Sarah developed a fever that spiked pretty high. After consulting her oncologist in Michigan, it was time for a trip to the emergency department to be evaluated. After getting put through the fast lane, they knew it couldn't be good. Those words, "Your Cancer is back" is not what anyone could ever want to hear. Devon and Sarah are still processing through the new reality of a reoccurrence of Sarah's Acute Myeloid Leukemia. It is the same Leukemia that almost killed her back in 2016 during an initial stay of 75 days for treatment with many life threatening complications. After spending a total of 100 days in the hospital last time, the idea of more time in the hospital was crushing. Even more so now that their children are only three and five years old and without their Mommy. It was also devastating to know that with this reoccurrence Sarah's chances of going back into remission are less than a 50/50 chance.
This fundraiser is for Sarah Roberts, to help with mounting medical bills and the cost of relocating to Baltimore, Maryland to be close to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment. that she can be within one hour drive of the hospital for the next year. Her husband, Devon has made the commitment to stand next to her and be her primary caregiver through this journey. He has left two part-time jobs to stay by his wife's side in the hospital. Because they are out of state, they must move to Maryland for treatment and that will require a new deductible/out of pocket max to be met at the end of 2017 followed by another deductible/out of pocket max met in January of 2018. Their cost to move from Michigan to Maryland is expected to be around $3,000. The deductible for the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 are estimated at each costing between $8,000 and $13,000. Devon's expenses in the hospital are fairly low, with just food costs and simple amenities. Over the next four to six months, Sarah and Devon will need an estimated $40,000+ before Devon can return to work when Sarah is stable enough to be without 24 hour medical supervision.
Devon and Sarah are now living in Baltimore, Maryland at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Their belongings are in Redford, Michigan and their children are in Virginia. It is a very chaotic time, and the second greatest need in their life right now after Sarah's cure from Leukemia and a matched bone marrow transplant donor is some financial peace of mind and provision. There are many ways that you can help. You can visit them in the hospital, you can donate here to their YouCaring campaign, and you can share this campaign to spread the word about Sarah's needs. You can also follow Sarah on their Caring Bridge Blog HERE: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sarah.roberts or on their Facebook page Here: https://www.facebook.com/AMLteamsarah/
Please spread the word and pray for Sarah's treatment and that she would be matched with a potential donor for her bone marrow transplant as this is the only hope for her cure from Leukemia and to be with her young babies once again!