Assisted Children: Individual Stories
8 Y/O Fighting Neuroblastoma (stage IV) Family of 5 with step-mother as sole bread winner unemployed
Collection Complete April 2013. Thanks to JJCCF’s Financial Assistance, Advocacy and Share the Joy programs this family benefited from having access to basic human needs during a dreadful time. Share the Joy ceremony: Caleb Jones, student at Campbell University and Bank of America Intern, raised over $2,000 for JJCCF – 100% benefited Elodie. On 8/11/2011 Caleb met Elodie at her bedside at Broward Health Medical Center. See press: Franklin Press 9/17/11
Elodie, 8 Y/O, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at Broward General Medical Center
Elodie was diagnosed with Nueroblastoma (stage IV) in April 2011. Since, she has been receiving aggressive chemotherapy and is scheduled for a bone marrow transplant. Elodie’s stepmother is the family’s only emotional and financial support, but she has not been able to work normal hours and has had to take time off from work to be able to get Elodie to her treatment. Elodie’s father is currently in Haiti and provides very little financial help. As for Elodie’s biological mother, she is also in Haiti and the two are in contact via phone, but her mother does not contribute to her financial needs.
Elodie is not eligible for Medicaid, and her healthcare coverage will only cover partial payments for her treatment and medication.
For the next couple of months while Elodie is undergoing intense chemotherapy, she will need financial help to cover monthly premiums and medication to receive lifesaving treatment.
Message from Social Worker, 6/9/11:
To Whom It May Concern:
Elodie Euzebe (DOB: 9/23/02) is a patient at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at Broward Health. She was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma on April 18, 2011 and began chemotherapy treatment. She will also require an autologous bone marrow transplant. Her treatment will continue for approximately six months.
Elodie lives with her father, step-mother and three siblings; ages fifteen, eleven and six. Her father is not currently employed and presently in Haiti trying to earn money. Her step-mother works as a nurse full-time to support the family. She also has a part-time nursing job. Elodie’s health insurance coverage is through her step-mother’s full time employment. The insurance only covers partial payments for Elodie’s treatments and medications. Her family is responsible for the uncovered amounts.
Elodie’s treatment schedule is demanding. Her step-mother is her only support at this time and responsible for bringing her to the hospital for treatment and testing. She has not been able to work both jobs to earn enough money to support her family and pay for Elodie’s treatment, doctor’s visits and medications. They require financial assistance to maintain their housing and pay for Elodie’s many medical expenses. Thank you for your consideration in assisting Elodie’s family.
Bernadette Brunetti, LCSW
Plea from Step-Mother, 07/11/11:
Thank you for the urgent help you provided in May to pay for my step-daughter Elodie’s health insurance coverage. Since she was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma in April, I have not been able to work my full-time and per diem jobs. If you had not helped with the payment for the insurance premium, Elodie’s treatment would not have been covered and available.
I have continued to work and plan to return to my full-time job this month to keep the health insurance coverage. Although, Elodie is a U.S resident alien, she is not eligible for Medicaid. Her treatment will continue for several months and she will need a bone marrow transplant at Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
My husband, Elodie’s father is currently in Haiti and not sure when he will be able to return. I have been Elodie’s full-time caretaker and caring for our other three children, their ages fifteen, eleven and six. Currently, I am the sole financial provider for our family. Thank you for the help you have already provided and for considering our family to receive additional assistance. It is greatly appreciated.
Gilene Euzebe and The Euzebe Family
Testimonial from Parent, 07/28/11:
The JJCCF helped my family to be able to afford our 8 y/0 daughter Elodie’s medication and health insurance costs. The copayment for one of her medications needed after chemotherapy is $200. We could not afford to pay that amount because of our limited income. There were no other sources of funds available. When I was unable to return to work because of caring for our daughter at home, I lost my job and insurance coverage. The JJCCF was able to pay for our daughter to keep her insurance which we could not afford. Her treatment continues for several months and we are grateful for the help we have received from JJCCF. Thank you very much to JJCCF staff, volunteers and generous donors for helping our daughter. Gilene EuzebeElodie at Broward General Medical Center