Cason, age 4, has suffered from severe eczema and allergies his whole
life. No child deserves to experience the constant redness and itching, staph
infections from open sores and hearing strangers ask what's wrong with his
skin. Cason hasn't slept through the night in over 2 years. He scratches until
he bleeds, and he cries when his skin gets wet because it burns so badly. His
lymph nodes are constantly swollen due to the inflammation in his body. He lays
awake at night, sometimes suffering alone, other times calling out for help.
He has seen countless doctors, suffered through blood and skin
testing, and used more prescription creams than can be counted on two hands.
Nothing has improved his condition, and it has actually gotten worse. His
doctors feel they have tried everything to help him and have reached a road
block. Thankfully, his allergist referred him to this wonderful program that we
are hoping will be the answer to our prayers.
National Jewish Hospital in Denver, CO has a program specifically designed for
children suffering with this debilitating condition, and it has wonderful
results in clearing up eczema and identifying the causes/triggers. They also
offer therapy and educational classes. Cason's parents have reached the point where they feel this is their only hope of giving Cason a normal life. The cost of the program alone can be $10,000-$20,000,
not counting airfare and expenses for food and lodging which will run about $5,000 for the two weeks of treatment. They would like to travel to Denver in late May, and need to pay a deposit of $3,500 in order to secure that time-frame with the National Jewish Hospital.
Cason's parents, Clint & Kelly, are both employed and do have insurance. However, it is uncertain what portion of treatment insurance will cover. They very much know that this treatment is the next step for Cason, but have been unable to put their resources towards that until now. Last year, Cason became a big brother to Oliver, who was born with Down Syndrome and has needed several hospitalizations throughout his first year. This last year has taken most of their energy and financial resources, so they have not been able to save for this trip to Denver as they would have liked.
I set up this page as a way for friends and family to help support their efforts and get them to to the National Jewish Hospital as soon as possible. Cason is suffering every day. His life is not normal. He doesn't know what its like to not feel inflamed and irritated all the time. He is constantly told to "stop scratching" when everything in his body tells him to scratch. He isn't able to go to birthday parties, or friends houses, or grandparents houses for fear that he will have to endure weeks of skin irritation because of something in the environment. He is such a sweet and tenderhearted child, and only wants to feel normal. Please
consider donating to help with the expenses for this trip and know that you are
helping to give him a better life.
Christy Griffith Tennant