Assisted Children: Individual Stories
Boy’s 8 Year Battle with Leukemia Leads To A Life-Saving Transplant After 2 Relapses
Collection Complete August 2016. Thanks to generous contributors, and JJCCF’s Financial Assistance and Advocacy programs this family benefited from having access to basic human needs during a dreadful time.
Nicholas, 9 Y/O, University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/alex’s place
Nicholas was diagnosed with Leukemia just before his 2nd birthday and was forced to quickly learn the ABC’s of fighting cancer. Since then, Nicholas’ rigorous chemotherapy treatment has required many hospitalizations over the last several years resulting in distressing mixed progress, a relapse when he was 6 years old and tragically another relapse more recently in August of 2015. In December of 2015, Nicholas received a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His family is hopeful this battle will come to an end and Nicholas will be able to enjoy a normal childhood. Nicholas’ mother is unable to work given the care required during his recovery and critical follow-ups. Without the mother’s income, the family struggles to maintain minimum basic necessities.
Nicholas and his family need immediate help to pay for food and gas for transportation.
Message from Hospital Social Worker, 1/7/16:
My name is Ida Rodriguez, and I am the clinical social worker at University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/alex’s place. I am writing on behalf of a new pediatric patient, Nicholas Moncada-Gomez. The patient was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the tender age of 20 months. He received treatment and unfortunately relapsed when he was 3 years old. At the time, he received treatment once again for his cancer and unfortunately again relapsed when he was 9 years old. It was recommended that the patient receive a bone marrow transplant and he underwent this procedure in December of 2015. Currently, he is out-patient receiving his follow-up care at our center – University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center /alex’s place. The patient lives with his biological parents; his mother is reportedly his primary caretaker and stated that she does not work so that she could care for the patient. Because of this, they are on a very limited income and report financial struggles at times.
Mother asked if there were any foundations or organizations that could possible assist with helping her meet some of the financial struggles that she mentioned; food, clothes, gas cards. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time. Warm regards,
Ida Rodrigues, LCSW
Plea from Mother, 1/21/16:
My name is Dora, and I am the mother of Nicholas. Nicholas was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at 20 months. He received treatment and unfortunately relapsed when he was 6 years old. He received treatment and relapsed once again when he was 9 years old; in August 2015. It was determined that a transplant would be beneficial to his health. Therefore, Nicholas had his transplant on 12/09/2015 and is currently doing well with his health. He comes to University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/alex’s place outpatient center 2-3x weekly or as needed.
Because of his demanding post bone marrow transplant, I am unable to work at this time, and I am his primary caretaker. His father, my husband, is employed at this time; however, the money that he brings in is not sufficient to make ends meet sometimes.Therefore, I am asking, humbly, if financial assistance can be provided to my family at this time.
Thank you very much.