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At 2-years-old, Matthew is suffering from AML (acute myeloid leukemia), a very aggressive form of Leukemia. Please, donate and help his family cover the extensive medical, travel and trial drug costs associated with fighting this terrible cancer.

MATTHEW’S STORY

UPDATE MAY 2010: Matthew recently completed his final and most aggressive round of chemotherapy. His prognosis is looking good, as there have been no new Leukemia cells detected. Following his bone-marrow biopsy, Matthew's oncologists will determine the maintenance schedule that he must follow for the next 6 months. Unfortunately, the Furibondo family just received notice from their insurance provider that none of Matthew's medical bills will be covered. The insurance company is claiming that Matthew's Leukemia was a "pre-existing condition" and refuses to pay any of the 300+ medical bills totaling close to $1 million. Instead of celebrating Matthew's prognosis, the Furibondo family is navigating their way through the confusing and unfriendly insurance claims appeals process. Please, donate and help us meet and exceed our goal for Team Matthew!

Matthew Furibondo was your typical, healthy, 21-month-old boy; constantly on the move, curious, and fun loving. However, Matthew’s life forever changed on December 4, 2009, when, after weeks of enduring unexplained symptoms, his parents’ worst nightmare was confirmed. Matthew was suffering from AML (acute myeloid leukemia), a very fast growing form of Leukemia.

A diagnosis of AML required Matthew to immediately undergo 10 days of chemotherapy treatments – sometimes three times a day. His treatment schedule was aggressive, because cancers classified as acute get worse quickly if they are not treated. Following his initial 10-days of chemotherapy and a month at home to recover, Matthew required another eight days of chemotherapy treatments. He will then receive a final five days of chemotherapy treatments before his parents consider whether a bone marrow transplant or two additional rounds of chemotherapy would be best for Matthew.

Fortunately, Matthew is reacting positively to the chemotherapy, and the leukemia cells are decreasing. He amazes everyone with his positive attitude throughout his long stays at the hospital, and looks forward to the times when he can play with his 4-year-old sister, Claire.

FINANCIAL BURDEN

During this extensive treatment schedule at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, a family member is required to be at Matthew’s beside 24x7. The travel and medical costs associated with treating AML are astronomical – even with proper insurance coverage. Matthew’s parents want to do everything they can to make sure that he beats this terrible cancer. As a result, they have also elected to utilize a trial drug, not yet approved by the FDA, which means that insurance will not cover the cost of the treatment. The financial burden placed on Matthew’s family is heavy.

TEAM MATTHEW IS ASKING FOR YOUR HELP

We would like to raise $15,000 for Matthew. With your support, we know we can reach that goal. All donations are greatly appreciated. Matthew and the entire Furibondo family thank you for your support, prayers and generosity.

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