Kris Isbell Leukemia Fund
This past June, Kris was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After spending more than three months at City of Hope Healthcare in Duarte, CA, Kris was able to return home. However, Kris must return to City of Hope for three days every two weeks for chemotherapy. This will continue for at least another two years. Even though Kris has insurance, it is not enough to cover the expenses related to his treatment, which is not available in Inyo County.
Kris’s mom and caregiver, Janie Barba, works part time assisting seniors at Inyo County Senior Center. She is a member of her union, Inyo County Employees Association, AFSCME Local 315. She has received sick leave donations from her Union Sick Leave Bank, which have thus far enabled her to continue getting a small paycheck.
Each time Kris and his mom travel to City of Hope, they must rent a car, since they do not have one of their own. In addition to their $200 car rental, they spend $200 for a discounted Extended Stay hotel room, and around $100 for gas and food.
The approximately $1,000/month they are expending has been partially offset by Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance, who provides approximate reimbursements of $200/month. But they are still spending some $800/month that they do not have.
Kris has a heart of gold, a caring personality, and makes it his mission in life to befriend everyone. Kris is one of those rare souls in the world who makes you feel loved, cared for, goes out of his way to talk with you, get to know you, be your friend, help you, or even just made sure he knows your name. Kris loves music, art, making friends, and anything to do with Japanese culture.
Let's return Kris the attention, love, and care he has given over the years. Anything that anyone could donate would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and make any donations that you can.
As you may already know, Kris has suffered a relapse. He will be proceeding with some experimental chemo drugs, and will be traveling south now weekly with his Mom. Kris is in good spirits and wants to keep fighting. Your prayers and any other offerings are deeply appreciated.
We are very very sad to report that Kris and his family have received some very difficult news. Kris has relapsed, his leukemia is back. Kris is very sick and he is going to need a lot of support. He will be undergoing a month of chemo, followed by a month of rest, and followed by a bone marrow transplant. His mom is not a good donor match, so we will be posting details about the need for a bone marrow donor soon. Following the bone marrow transplant kris will be in the hospital from anywhere between 3 and 6 additional months. Any help that you can provide to support Kris and enable his family to be with him during this incredibly difficult time is deeply deeply appreciated.