Last October, baby Wyatt was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma at 18 months old, a type of childhood cancer. The primary tumor was successfully removed during an 8 hour surgery above the kidney. He had 7 lymph nodes removed and 5 had cancer in them. The cancer had also already spread through his body, including bone marrow. Wyatt has endured 7 rounds of chemotherapy, 5 were considered high dose. in the next few weeks he will have more scans and bone marrow biopsies to ensure they can move forward to radiation therapy and the immunotherapy treatments. If he is not found clear he will have to do more rounds of high dose chemo, we pray that doesn't happen.
Ray, Stacy and Wyatt's lives have changed dramatically, to say the least. The next months will bring many more adjustments, as they focus all of their love, energy, strength and resources on returning Wyatt to health.
The majority of parents of children with cancer are forced to borrow money to cover additional expenses related both to treatment and to the overall upheaval this diagnosis brings to their everyday lives.
For Ray and Stacy these additional costs may include health insurance premiums and copays, travel costs from St. Louis to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in NYC, transportation expenses, all of their home expenses even though they are not there, eating out when away from home, medical equipment and supplies for home and other costs we may not even be able to anticipate at the present time.
These costs accrue rapidly, adding a tremendous amount of stress to a family already burdened in the most unimaginable way possible.
Anyone who knows Ray and Stacy knows that they are the first ones to step up when their friends or family are in need. Now it's our turn to step up for them in whatever ways we're able, big or small.
Donating through this site is secure, and they will receive the funds immediately.
Not many of us can imagine the magnitude of the burden Ray, Stacy & Wyatt carry right now; let's lessen it however we can.
Thank you for your support.