For Rebecca, 2014 started like any other year. In the winter and spring, she embraced with enthusiasm, her experiences as a kindergartener. Summer was action packed with recreation, and visits from family and friends. Perfect for our Rebecca, who has boundless energy. Summer quickly faded to fall, and with it came time for school again. She was excited… her first day as a 1st grader!!! Little did she know, her first day would also be her last.
Rebecca came home from school that day healthy and happy… if for at least a moment. Within hours of falling asleep she started to experience severe bone pain, and a dramatically high and stubborn fever ensued. Within mere days our vibrant and energetic Rebecca was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and deep in to a fight for her life.
Today, Rebecca’s condition has been stabilized through intensive courses of chemotherapy and drugs, which will continue for the next three (3) years. Most days she finds herself in isolation at either the hospital or a special room in her house to protect her compromised immune system. A common cold, which is an inconvenience for a healthy person, can be life threatening for our Rebecca.
How You Can Help
Lukemia is a stubborn and difficult disease, which requires an immense amount of financial resources to beat. Even with “great” medical insurance, the cost of treatment is more than most families can bear. Please consider “paying forward” a donation to help ease the financial burden on Rebecca’s parents. In doing so, you are ensuring they can stay focused on caring for Rebecca, instead of the stresses that come from how to pay for her treatment.
Checks can be sent to:
PO BOX 639
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
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For more information on Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia:
ALL is a type of leukemia that starts from white blood cells in the bone marrow, the soft inner part of bones. It develops from cells called lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell central to the immune system, or from lymphoblasts, an immature type of lymphocyte.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia invades the blood and can spread throughout the body to other organs, such as the liver, spleen, and lymph nodes. But it does not normally produce tumors as do many types of cancer. It is an acute type of leukemia, which means it can progress quickly. Without treatment, it can be fatal within a few months.
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