Holiday Newsletter November, 2013

 


Aliah is a 2 Y/O struggling with Neuroblastoma at Broward Health as family faces a financial crisis

Holiday Newsletter Alert
November 2013

4 Cancer Heroes Need Your Support
Help Aliah, Angela, Ahmad & Gabriel

 

 

 

Dear JJCCF Friends,

This is a great time to think about your year-end contribution and how you can maximize your charitable giving results. All donations to JJCCF will have double the impact through 12/1/13! The Salah Foundation will match dollar for dollar donations up to $40,000. During this holiday season, please consider contributing to families trying to focus on their child’s survival while struggling to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. What if this was your child? We hope you will never discover a parent’s worst nightmare, “your child has cancer.” No parent ever prepares emotionally or financially for such devastating news. Just $1 dollar will make a difference for Aliah, Angela, Ahmad and Gabriel specially during this time of the year. Your contributions will add up to make a significant impact in the lives of these 4 children & their families. Your support will make a difference!

The needs for these families fighting childhood cancer exceed the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation (JJCCF) limited resources to assist them. JJCCF has already provided each family with emergency financial assistance representing basic human needs which is significant, but not sufficient. As an advocate for these children, I am reaching out for outside urgent support (YOUR HELP) so that these families can survive a temporary crisis during the holidays..

Giving gift cards for food / gas or tax-deductible donations would be greatly appreciated. If you have any suggestions or questions, please contact us at (954)712-6322 or email James@JJCCF.org. For more information about JJCCF’s impactful mission visit www.JJCCF.org.

 

Thank you for your kind consideration and ongoing support. Together we are helping save one child at a time.

Sandra Muvdi, President/ Founder

*Online DonationJJCCF’s secure donation page requires just a couple of clicks & you can choose your donation In Honor of “4 children battling cancer” or an individual child’s name. Visit www.JJCCF.org or just click on the “Donate” button above.

*Mail check payable to “JJCCF.” Please memo “4 children battling cancer” or an individual child’s name and mail to: Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation, Broward Health Medical Center, 1600 South Andrews Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Advocacy Program -Children with Urgent Needs:

1) Aliah, 2 Y/O, Broward Health Medical Center (see her photo above)

Aliah is a happy girl who blows kisses with her tiny hand to capture the heart of anyone she meets. In August of 2012, she was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma.  This small child endured surgery to remove a tumor, a bone marrow transplant and rigorous chemotherapy leading to remission this past Spring.  The nightmare was over.

In August 2013, her mother saw visible lumps on her skull and learned that the Neuroblastoma had returned.  Aliah, a very young champion, somehow maintains a sunny disposition as if being sick and in the hospital is just part of her challenging life.  While the mother remains strong to support her daughter in her battle, the family of 5 is suffering to sustain basic human needs.

-Quote from mother: “It is really hard to be there for my other children when all my love and strength must go into Aliah’s treatment during this time.  We are currently living with my sister in a two bedroom apartment with her children.  I am a single mom struggling with this crisis and really need help with food to help feed my family.” Click on this link to read more.

2) Angela, 17 Y/O, The Children’s Hospital at Palms West

Angela was a happy healthy teenager until she was surprisingly diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in March of 2013.  Since then life for her and her family has become dramatically more challenging.  Angela was immediately removed from school and began rigorous chemotherapy and radiation treatment that eventually eliminated a large tumor on the left side of her neck.  The family emotionally exhausted, was relieved that their daughter was saved and their nightmare was over.

Unfortunately, weeks later another tumor was discovered on the right side of Angela’s neck and soon after her father was laid off from his farming job and lost health insurance.  The family has been emotionally and financially devasted but yet they remain strong in supporting each other to survive this crisis.

Quote from father: “…Angela was immediately removed from school and required to start chemotherapy and then radiation treatments.  After each session she got more and more tired which caused her to fall into depression.  My wife had to stop working to help our daughter go through this tough time in her life.” Click on this link to read more.

3) Ahmad, 10 Y/O, Miami Children’s Hospital

Ahmad was leading a normal boy’s life full of activity and laughter with his single father until March of this year when he was diagnosed with a rare from of brain cancer – Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma.  Ahmad has a tumor located in his brain stem that connects the rest of his brain with his spinal cord.  The tumor can’t be surgically removed and various treatments thus far have not been consistently successful. Ahmad has been released from the hospital and referred to hospice care.  This father and son continue to struggle emotionally and also financially given the father can not return to work and must provide 24 hour care.  They remain resilient in their battle but need help.

-Quote from father: “…My son was hospitalized at Miami Children’s Hospital and there were many times that I would not eat because I did not want to leave my son’s side while he was going through several severe complications that could have ended his life.” Click on this link to read more.

4) Gabriel, 5 Y/O, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Gabriel is a loving child that has already survived a chronic kidney disease and is now battling cancer… both in the first five years of his life. Gabriel was born prematurely with end stage renal disease (ESRD) and his life was threatened for two years until he received a kidney transplant.  The experience devastated the family emotionally and financiallly.

Earlier this year in April, Gabriel’s parent’s noticed a mass on his neck and were horrified to learn that it was cancer – Burkitt’s lymphoma.  Initially Gabriel’s cancer responded to chemotherapy but recently he suffered a relapse that is threatening his life.  Gabriel’s medical needs have forced his mother to stop working again and shoved the family back into financial disaster.

-Quote from mother: “Given all the medical attention Gabriel needed, I was unable to work and our family hit a severe financial hardship.  We lost our home and one of our cars.” Click on this link to read more.

Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation
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