Eleanor is so close to the end! But her treatment cannot continue without insurance. Help her win this battle against Leukemia!
One Sunday morning, Eleanor, normally a bouncy 6 year old full of laughter, complained that her arm and leg hurt. She spent most of the day lying down, not wanting to eat or play. That evening I took her to the emergency room, assuming it was a just a bug that needed some antibiotics. They ran a few blood tests and sent us to OU Children's Hospital because "they have more experience with this type of thing". Still not knowing what " this thing" was, we spent several more hours waiting on results. Eleanor is the oldest of 5 children, so I tend not to panic when it comes to illness. Even then, in the back of my head I was saying to myself " Well, whatever this is, it's not like it's cancer or something". At 3 am, February 27, 2012, I was told something no parent ever wants to hear. I will never forget the words the doctor said, or the look in her eyes. "There is a procedure that has to be done to confirm the diagnosis, but I have been doing this for 17 years and there is no doubt in my mind. Eleanor has Leukemia."
In the 8 months since then, we have seperated from active duty service in the Air Force, moved across the country, added a baby boy to the family, and experienced the best care imaginable from the amazing staff at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, FL. Eleanor was officially diagnosed with Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It is one of the most common, most researched, and thankfully, most treatable type of childhood cancer. With the treatment plan they have spent the last 30 years establishing, there is a greater then 90% chance of the leukemia not returning in 5 years.
Eleanor is almost at the end of the intensive phase of this treatment. Within the next month she will go from weekly IV chemotherapy to one visit a month. She will be able to return to 2nd grade, go out to dinner, play with friends, be a regular kid again. Every day we get a little closer to normal. In order to continue receiving treatment, she must have health insurance. The military provides 6 months of insurance to military members after separation. That 6 months has ended.
This year has been a test of will, a test of courage, and a test of faith. We have been physically, emotionally and financially drained. But we have survived. Eleanor knows that no matter what life throws at her, she will be ok. She knows she can beat it because she beat cancer. She knows she is a survivor.
Be an angel for Eleanor. Please help her finish this battle. We have reached the end of our financial resources. We need help paying the mounting medical bills, travel expenses, and, most importantly, health care premiums.
With everything we have, we thank you for your support.
Eleanor, Katie (Momma), Travis (Daddy)
Victoria, Olyvia, Liliana, and Willam (siblings)