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Won't you help us fight this battle with cancer? We would really appreciate your support!

Brandon Blackwood is an amazing little boy. When doctors discovered that Brandon would be born with Down syndrome and severe hydrocephalus (water on the brain), doctors suggested that I terminate my pregnancy or choose "selective termination", so that his twin brother might survive. His father and I decided that was not an option and continued the pregnancy. The doctors continued to warn that even if Brandon was born alive he would not survive or would be severely mentally delayed and need to be fed through a tube. Two healthy, happy twin baby boys, Brandon and James, were born 4 weeks early on June 28, 2005. About a year later, Brandon received shunt placement surgery for his hydrocephalus and has not had a problem with it since. Brandon learned to eat, walk and talk and became quite the little character hugging almost everyone he meets. Our world came crashing down on July 7, 2012. A couple of days before Brandon became very lethargic, not wanting to wake up. We went to see his pediatrician and we were rushed by ambulance to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. A shunt malfunction was suspected, but tests confirmed my worst fear, that he had leukemia (ALL). Since then it has been an endless cycle of hospital stays and visits. Brandon must endure chemotherapy, even though he is now in remission, for about 2 more years to make sure the cancer does not return. The biggest issue right now is that Brandon is not well enough to attend school or daycare so I have only been able to work a few days since this has happened. Bills are piling up and I am facing foreclosure. I have 2 other children and I want to keep all of us in our home. Brandon's father lost his job around the time he was diagnosed, so I am only receiving a tiny amount of child support. Won't you help us get through this difficult time?

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