We are fundraising to help pay for medical bills, childcare and other unanticipated costs. Jonah has a younger sister that is 1 and a half, and an older brother who is 7. Any help is appreciated.
Background: This summer Jonah and and his brotherJude went to visit his grandparents for a couple weeks (this was earlier this month) and grandma noticed Jonah bruising easier than normal at the playground and some other symptoms like being super hot with fever then suddenly normal, loss of appetite, tired and sleeping all the time, and wanting to be carried everywhere. We thought maybe he was just tired and ready to come home, but at home after three days we saw what she noticed. We also noticed his lips and skin were pale, and we just knew something wasn’t right. After a few days of him not feeling better, we took him into a local Urgent Care. That was Friday the 17th August. They thought he was fine but our intuition told us something was wrong so we requested a urine sample and blood draw just to be safe. All vitals came back normal except for the blood draw. His white blood cell count was high. It’s supposed to be between 5-10 thousand for a kid his age and Jonah’s was 36 thousand. That evening Jonah was admitted to Children’s National in DC. Shortly thereafter our worst fear became real, Jonah was diagnosed with leukemia. The following Monday Jonah had surgery for a bone marrow sample from his hip bone, a spinal tap (like an epidural) to check the count of leukemia cells and to give a shot of chemo to the spinal fluid, and he also had a device called a port placed on his chest for chemo treatments and blood draws. We have since started our 28 Day plan of chemo via the port and will be here until his cancer is in remission in what we hope will be just a few weeks from now. After that we anticipate having about 3 years total of treatment left with the first year being the most intense.
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