Lifeline Project Profiles: Special Mother’s Day Edition
In honor of Mother’s Day, meet some mothers and grandmothers who are bone marrow, stem cell, or cord blood transplant patients. They are all dedicated to their families, but due to treatment, they are experiencing difficulty supporting their families and themselves.
Jessica, a married mother with two young children, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). This type of leukemia comes on quickly and is pretty aggressive. In order to treat her AML, Jessica has undergone a bone marrow transplant. She has been comforted by all of the emotional support from friends and family, but is in need of assistance covering the financial aspect of her treatment.
Danielle is a single mother to two wonderful boys, but over the past couple of years her family has faced many challenges. Danielle lost both her mother and her father and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Her survival was contingent upon a stem cell transplant, which she received last May. Her treatment has been financially difficult on the family. They need help paying for medical and living expenses during Danielle’s recovery.
Sherry uses the phrase “I’m not through yet” in order to describe her five year battle with follicular lymphoma. After multiple chemotherapy treatments, she went into remission three different times, but once again it has returned and this time she will undergo a stem cell transplant. Sherry has three sons, five grandchildren, and a husband that have been of great support to her. Unfortunately, the costs of traveling long distances for treatment and medical expenses have been nearly too much to bear. Sherry and her family are extremely appreciative of any financial help as she prepares for her transplant journey.
Mabel, a 75 year old grandmother, spent fifteen years caring for her husband who was a quadriplegic. Eight months after he passed away, Mabel was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Due to the financial demands of her husband’s condition she was left with very little for the additional costs of her cancer treatments. Mabel has undergone a stem cell transplant and is doing well, but she continues to struggle with the expenses of her ongoing treatment.
Sandra has been fighting mantle cell lymphoma for almost three years. Prior to her diagnosis she worked hard to raise her four children alone and also opened her home to three homeless children. Sadly, her lengthy battle with cancer has caused her to lose her job, her home, and her retirement fund. Sandra still has months of treatment left and the financial burden it has placed on her has become very stressful. She needs assistance with transportation and living expenses.
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