Calista's Needs & Awareness Fund

$10,571 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 122 people in 49 months
On January 15, 2015, our lives were forever changed. Our precious 2.5-year-old twin daughter, Calista Hope, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). ALL is the most common cancer amongst childhood cancers, with a 90% survival rate. What ALL means is our Cali's ability to fight infections and do what her blood is supposed to do is so low due to leukemia cells suppressing her bone marrow. We thank God for Calista's healing, as we know that she is healing as we speak. Cali has a wonderful, rambunctious twin brother, Li'l Iz, as well as two wonderful Ates (big sisters), Ate Naiya & Ate Adrael. We are surrounded by an outpouring of love, hope, faith, prayers, and positive energy every second of the day, and words cannot describe just how grateful we are for this.
On February 17th, our warrior princess was declared in remission! There is no evidence of disease! Thank God!!!  It is a long battle ahead, but we know that our Warrior Princess will prevail! Calista's treatment will last for another 2 years, so that she remains in remission and does not relapse.  Her last day of treatment will be May 29, 2017, but she will not be deemed cancer free until 2022.  She will be 10 years old. Calista will have to sacrifice some of her childhood to battle this disease, but we know she will continue to beat it! 
Unfortunately, there are unforeseen expenses that we are now facing, as I am now home with her full-time.  Cali's dad is now working 4 hours away to make ends meet.  It is tough being without him for 5 days out of the week, but we are blessed with Angels, family and friends surrounding and helping us.
  We also want to help create awareness to this disease that affects so many families. We created Hope for Cali foundation to help other families going through this and increase awareness. We know and believe that our Calista Hope will continue to beat ALL. She is also in a research study that will help shed light to this disease and hopefully determine what chemotherapy regimens can be used for children with ALL to lessen the long-term side effects of chemotherapy. Just knowing that our baby girl is helping a child that will have to go through this in the future is a blessing in itself.  We know many warriors before her helped get the treatment she is receiving now. 
No parent EVER thinks this will or can happen to their child. I stopped questioning why, and surrendered myself and family to God. Let Go and Let God. It is all in God’s hands, and with Him, ALL things are possible!
With your help, we could help our Calista Hope get through her healing journey as well as help the children of our future also.
Calista is being treated at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego. I am amazed at all the little warriors and their families there. We also want to give back to the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. There are wonderful parent liasons, child life specialists, nurses, doctors, and staff, that are helping heal our child.  
ALL has a great prognosis, with 90% survival rate. Our goal is for this to be 100% treatable so no child will ever have to lose this battle or suffer the effects of ALL.
We thank you so very much for looking at our page, allowing us to share our story and hopefully help our warrior princess as well as all the warriors fighting this disease.
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Please join us on Saturday, June 27th, fm. 12-7pm at 1699 Main Street, San Diego, CA for a beautiful day filled with games, fun, performances, food, and love! We are having a fundraiser to raise pediatric cancer awareness, help us on Calista's healing journey and give back to Rady Children's Hospital Peckham Center! Free Entrance! PLEASE COME AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! JOIN OUR MOVEMENT!
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Hello Everyone! Calista is doing great! Her appetite is still wonderful! She ate her 2 pieces of toast with bread this morning with her "coffee" (almond milk, a dash of vanilla creamer and hot water). She is now eating a blue ring pop, followed by a good teeth brushing. Please continue to pray for our warrior princess! Her Ate Naiya came down with the bug we had and has been in her room for a couple of days, even canceling her small 9th birthday celebration today for next week. This AM, Li'l Iz also started having a runny nose! Curse this sucky cold season!!! UGH!!! The last time we all got sick, Cali got a bit of the barking cough, but didn't get any worse symptoms...and her ANC was 190! Her ANC is 1950 since yesterday, so I am praying since her brother and sister are upstairs, she doesn't catch anything...still...our doc says that this is not abnormal to happen. I just thought since we all went through this just a few weeks ago, we wouldn't have to go through every kid pretty much being isolated from one another. first! This too shall pass! Please, I am asking all to pray for Calista and her siblings. Happy Saturday!!!! We love you all!!!
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Hello everyone!!! Calista is resting comfortably in bed with me this morning! So far she's going great! She was super tired last night, as it was a very long day in clinic yesterday. Unfortunately, home health is unavailable, so we have to go to the clinic the next 3 days for her chemo. Hopefully since her Ate (big sis) will be coming with us, she will be at ease. It's only 30 minutes, then we are back home! This chemo can give false temperatures, so let's pray that DOES NOT happen!!! God is great, and I know he's with us every step of the way! Please continue to pray for our warrior princess to have strength, joy and resilience! I pray for steady counts, no pain or nausea, that her chemo keeps her in remission, and no fevers or infections. I pray her appetite remains healthy too! Keep up the prayers! Your love and support keep us going each and every day!!! ❤️
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Hello everyone! A wonderful Angel, Calista's Auntie Tina, has made our efforts come true! She spearheaded this event, and it is coming to life! We are going to be having a wonderful fundraising event on Saturday, June 27th, 2015, at the Total Combat Warehouse Facility at 1699 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92113. All proceeds will go towards Calista's needs as well as Rady Children's Hospital Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. We never thought it would be possible to make an impact on pediatric cancer, but with your help, it is possible! Please mark your calendars! It will be a memorable family fun-filled day community fair with music, performers, food, carnival rides, and most of all, LOVE AND AWARENESS!!!
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$10,571 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 122 people in 49 months
Created January 21, 2015
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sara cruz
40 months ago

From my family to yours. Sending love and prayers.

Gaxiola Family
41 months ago

Sending our prayers.

Alexandra Negrete
41 months ago

Prayers for this precious little baby girl

Jeffrey Luzadas
42 months ago

I'm dealing with some stuff right now. Luckily good "stress" stuff, but I'm overwhelmed and cash poor. I look at how you are managing, and I can't help but want to turn away from my own "stuff" and do what I can (however small) to help you. Your pledge has been so pure and positive. I'm sure you'll hit your goal! You're on my prayer list now and I trust that the good Lord will be able to use this glorify His greatness as we all see Calista win over this challenge.

Lyle S
42 months ago

Stay strong. God Bless.

42 months ago
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