Imagine waking up one morning, getting ready for your son's 18-month check up, expecting to go to work afterward, thinking about what to make for dinner and looking forward to a trip to the pumpkin patch with family and friends on the weekend. Then imagine it all gone in an instant, replaced with plans for a spinal tap, bone marrow biopsy and chemotherapy for your small child. That happened to us - within hours, we went from being a happy family with an active child to being in the hospital with many scary new medical terms and diagnoses.
Jude's official diagnosis is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). The good news is that it is highly curable with survival rates as high as 85%. But it's going to be a long road before we get there--frequent spinal taps (he's already had two), hospitalizations, bone marrow biopsies, chemo, steroids and treatment expected to last at least three years.
While we have quality medical insurance through Aidan's job, fighting childhood leukemia is an expensive battle. The co-pays, fees, prescriptions, equipment, etc all add up. Barb will be taking a leave of absence from full-time work for a while to manage Jude's care. Anything donated will be gratefully appreciated and used to help cover the cost of medical expenses and help provide a cushion while Barb isn't working.
We set up this site to provide a way for people to help after several offers and inquiries about financial assistance. We know times are tough, especially for our friends with young children, so know that we don't expect everyone to give. We are eternally grateful for everyone's support, whether financial or a kind word, it will take a village to help Jude win this battle.
Here's Jude with Mom and Dad on a family vacation in September.
Jude with Dad in September
Jude in his younger days, at about 6 months.