Mighty Eli's Medical Fund
Hello, my name is Jan. I am a single mom gifted with an amazing 10-year-old son named Eli. Like any mother, my child is my entire world. I work hard to give him the best future. I want him to grow up and not experience the hardships I had in life: difficulty in paying off school, not having a house of our own, and starting a career from scratch--that is, from being a call center agent to being a sales agent. When I had Eli at a young age, I promised myself that he will have a life where he can be whatever he wants to be. I will support his dreams no matter what.
Eli is the best son any mother can ask for. He is mature for his age and understands I have to be absent at times. He is very kindhearted and would be emotional when he sees touching stories on TV. He is also a consistent honors student and dreams of becoming an architect. In short, life was good. We may be far from the dream that I have, but we were on track.
Then October 31, 2016 happened. A fever, which prompted me to bring Eli to the hospital, turned out to be Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The dreaded A-M-L: the most fatal of all blood cancers. How can this happen? Eli was at the peak of his health and rarely gets sick. How come the doctors are telling me he may only have eight months to live? I was devastated and confused, but most of all, heartbroken for my little boy who was inside the room patiently waiting to find out what is making him sick. I asked the doctors, what's the plan? What can we do?
AML, an aggressive cancer, has a survival rate of only 30%. It means that only 3 out of 10 people get to survive AML. However, according to the doctors, a stem cell transplant will give him a 70% chance of survival. Seventy percent. From the 30% they were telling me, I started to hope. And from that glimmer of hope, our journey to find new hope for AML began.
A Brief Timeline of Developments:
-December 1: We found that Eli was resistant to the first chemotherapy. We were transferred to what is considered the best hospital in the Philippines as the hospital has a team of doctors regarded as most capable of handling Eli's condition.
-December 10: Start of second chemo cycle using the British protocol. Second attempt to put AML in remission to proceed to transplant.
-December 29: Eli was found to have a genetic mutation that explains why he was resistant to chemotherapy.
-January 15: Second chemotherapy cycle was again a failure. Eli's blood count still showed cancer cells that are multiplying aggressively, from a 2% count to a 97% count within days. We were offered the final option of the third chemotherapy cycle that will use the FLAG-Ida protocol, what is considered the best and last resort for Eli to have remission. Fludarabine, a drug not available in the Philippines, will be used for the chemo cycle.
-January 19: Eli's 10th birthday. He was granted a four day vacation to celebrate his birthday outside the hospital with family and friends.
-January 24: Eli's return to the hospital and start of the third chemo cycle. The third chemo cycle will take another 5 weeks.
-March 4: We found out that Eli's third chemo has also failed and he also developed pneumonia. He was diagnosed to have refractory leukemia, a leukemia that cannot be treated
-March 8: A miracle happened. Eli's pneumonia is somehow improving. We started to hope again. If Eli's pneumonia can be managed, he can be subjected to a fourth chemo cycle with a novel drug recently approved by the US FDA.
Please join our day to day journey towards Eli's journey in finding new hope for AML. Eli has always refused to be defined by cancer and instead, faced each day with joy and courage. He deserves a chance to fight this dreadful disease.
Your support to his journey means a bigger possibility for him to continue his treatment. Right now, that's the biggest blessing we can ask for. That we will not go home and declare surrender.
For local donations:
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Account Name: Jan Nicola Recio Marfil
Account Type: Savings
Account Number: 2679-0978-17
Banco de Oro
Account Name: Jan Nicola Recio Marfil
Account Type: Savings
Account Number: 000-2701-5282-2
For everyone's information, I am Cynthia and Jan is my best friend from college. I have set up this account to help Eli and Jan with their fundraising efforts as the hospital bills are staggering and there is no government health insurance or cancer foundations in the Philippines. Jan is a single mom and has regrettably resigned from her work last January to focus full-time on Eli, as Eli has become medically fragile.
For transparency, this campaign is linked to my bank account and withdrawn from it, and deposited to Jan's personal bank account. Unfortunately, there is no way we can directly link Jan's account on here.
Let us keep the family in our prayers and please help us share Eli's story. We need more warriors for Mighty Eli to continue with his medical treatment. A fighting chance to beat AML is the very least he deserves.
God's healing mercy be with you. Hugs and love from Toronto
Hi Eli. Kumusta kana jan?Pumunta nga pala ako sa Rhuematoid doctor ko kanina, Feb. 28, 2017 dito sa America. And ang sabi nya sa akin na hindi daw sya convince din na may Lupus ako. Ewan ko ba dito sa health ko Eli. Pray nalang tayo ha..Nga pala gusto kitang ma-friend sa FB ko o di kaya sa Skype..eto yong fb account ko: Jackie Sadlik..add mo ako.
Hi Eli! I was diagnosed with Lupus last Feb. 14, 2017. 1 week din ako sa hospital from Feb 9 to feb 15. The doctors here sa America did a lot of test para lang sa sakit ko and thats what they found out na may Lupus daw ako.And kahapon lang pumunta ako sa homeophatic doctor....and ang sabi nya..from all my test na ginawa ng doctor sa akin sa hospital hindi nya ma gets kung saan nila kinuha yong idea na may Lupus ako..so now naguluhan na naman ako..kung ano ba talaga yong sakit ko...Buti nalang nakita noong homeophatic doctor yong gamot ko..eh nagulantang sya kasi nga the dosage na binibigay sa akin eh too much for my height and weight which is ang sabi nya..too long of Prednisone..will somehow collapse my organ system fatally...May doctor's appointment ako na namn today, she's a rheumatoid doctor..praying na masagot nya yong condition ko tlaga..Kapit ka lang jan Eli kay God. He works in a miraculous ways. Kung kunin man tayo ni God..wag ka jan matakot kasi wlang pain sa heaven..o kung He will let us be here..be thankful din tayo kasi we still have chance to make our family happy too..Pakatatag lang tayo Eli ha!kisses and hugs from here to there Eli.Love you.
Hello. How can I donate in peso? Thanks.
My granddaughter Shaylee of 4B goes to the same school as Eli. I am praying that you have the strength to get you through this trying time. Take care.