Assisted Children: Individual Stories
Family of 6 with $0 Income Struggles for Basic Needs as 3 Y/O Battles Leukemia
Collection Complete October 2014. Thanks to JJCCF’s Financial Assistance and Advocacy Programs this family benefited from having access to basic human needs during a dreadful time.
Brayant, 3 Y/O, Alex’s Place/Holtz Children’s Hospital
Brayant is a very curious 3 y/o boy that has been fighting Leukemia for over than 2 years. As the family celebrated the holidays in 2011, Brayant became ill and his parents were shocked to learn that their son had cancer the day before New Year’s eve. Brayant’s mother had to stop working immediately to care for her son which left the financial burden of six family members to his father, who was a butcher at the local supermarket. Since then Brayant’s mother has been unable to return to work due to his ongoing treatment and his father recently lost his job. This weary family has reached a peak of emotional and financial stress with zero income and is desperately seeking compassion and assistance with sustaining basic human needs. Additionally, the family does not own a vehicle.
Brayant and his family need immediate help to pay for food, clothing, rent, diapers, and transportation to the hospital.
Message from Hospital Social Worker, 3/21/14:
I am writing on behalf of the patient, Brayant Lopez-Madrigal and his family. Brayant is a patient who received a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoid Leukemia in 2012. Since his diagnosis, Brayant has received chemotherapy and has had several follow-up clinic visits.
Brayant’s parents approached me asking if there were any foundations that could possibly assist them with finances, since at this time, they are both unemployed. Because the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation helped this family out in the past, we were wondering if possibly the foundation could assist this family once again with the basics like food and clothing. There are 4 children in the home and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time in considering this case.
Ida Rodriguez, LCSW
Pediatric Clinical Social Worker
(Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology outpatient Clinic)
Plea from Mother, 3/21/14:
Our names are Alicia Madrigal and Freddy Lopez, and we are the parents of Brayant Lopez-Madrigal. We are writing this letter to ask if the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation could help us with food and clothes. Sometime at the end of 2012, your foundation helped our family with paying our rent which we were very grateful. Unfortunately, we continue to struggle with our finances, even more so now because we are currently both unemployed. Any help will be greatly appreciated.