Lifeline Project Profiles: Cynthia, Saige, and Julius
Meet Cynthia, Saige, and Julius. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.
Thirteen-year-old Cynthia was diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome and chronic myeloid leukemia (Ph+CML) in November of 2010. She recently underwent a bone marrow transplant and now she and her mother are staying near the hospital for follow-up care. Cynthia is looking forward to going home so she can spend time with her family, including her two younger sisters. She is also looking forward to going back to school. While Cynthia focuses on returning home, her family could use assistance with post-transplant related expenses.
Saige, a fourteen year old girl, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. Treatment required a bone marrow transplant, and her family was extremely grateful when Saige’s sister turned out to be a perfect match. She underwent her transplant on her birthday last June. Saige and her mother needed to remain locally near the treatment center, while her father and siblings remained at home. This separation has caused a financial strain on the family and they would benefit from any financial assistance provided.
Julius was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. As he begins the transplant process he has found it financially difficult to afford all of the necessary treatments. Julius is currently an unemployed maintenance worker and is living with his brother while he begins treatment. He needs help affording transportation, living expenses, food, and other costs associated with a bone marrow transplant.
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