THE FRUITS5 James and Christie Fruits and their 3 children, Malachi, Mylee, and Max, are known as the Fruits5. Malachi (17) divides his time between academic and music classes the local college and high school. Mylee (17 and twin to Malachi) has Cystic Fibrosis and is a bona-fide fighter for her own health while taking high school classes and participating in a nursing program. Max (13) divides his time between school and playing video games with his friends. James is self-employed, and Christie keeps the family running. The Fruits5 are a close knit family that love laughter, fun, and Jesus. The are well know for their loving energy and selfless service to others.
UNEXPECTED TURNS On January 21st, James and Christie Fruits went to urgent care for what Christie thought was a kidney infection. Unfortunately, she was admitted to the hospital on the Cancer Care floor.
During the invasive surgery they did not find what they were expecting. Instead of a few masses, the doctors removed over four dozen masses of varying sizes. The biopsies of the masses revealed that Christie has two cancers- ovarian and endometrial. Although the surgery was a great success, cancer cells remain and chemo is absolutely necessary. The doctors used words like “aggressive cancer” upon review of the pathology. Now is the time to fight!
On Tuesday, March 5th, Christie starts her first round of chemo, where she will receive rounds of treatment every 21 days until late June. Next steps of treatment will follow based on the success of the chemo.
ANOTHER HOSPITALIZATION Just after Christie’s surgery, Mylee was also hospitalized. With Mylee’s condition as a Cystic Fibrosis fighter, she is regularly hospitalized to fight off any infection and do aggressive treatments. This is of concern as Christie has stayed in the hospital with Mylee 24/7, advocating for her, caring for her, and keeping her company. Christie will not be able to do that while she is undergoing chemo treatments due to her compromised immune system.
HOW YOU CAN HELP James and Christie initially resisted the idea of a GoFundMe campaign, because people do so much for them to support their family anytime Mylee is hospitalized and people also give generously to their Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraising efforts.
Friends, we have reassured the Fruits that they have done so much for others and now is time to let others do for them. The medical bills will be substantial. This campaign will help with medical bills and expenses associated with Christie’s treatments on her journey back to health. Please join us as we band together around this loving family to support them in their time of need. Although we can’t take away their challenge as they together fight this fight, we can ease the financial burden. We ask that you reach deep to help this effort to support our dear friends.
PRAYER The Fruits family are believers in prayer and appreciate your prayer for healing for Christie, and for the cancer not to come back. Please also pray for healing for Mylee, a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, and for Mylee to not be hospitalized during Christie’s chemo treatments. Thank you for joining us in prayer for them and for your support of this campaign.
UPDATES Starting March 11th, to keep up with the Fruits5 and streamline communication, they will be updating their blog page at www.fruits5.com. It won’t be short of entertainment as they are pretty open and transparent about the crazy fun things that happen in their lives.