This is my niece's daughter, Claire. She was born one month and one day prematurely. Two weeks ago, Claire was rushed to the ER because her umbilical hernia had turned blue. After the hernia repair surgery, doctors discovered tumors in Claire's abdomen. Now at just 5 1/2 months old, she has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer that causes these tumors. Until yesterday, Claire had been in an induced coma, paralyzed, with a feeding tube. She will now have to remain in the hospital for at least the next 6 months to receive chemotherapy.
This is a very difficult time for Claire's parents, Amanda and Jonathan Homeister. Claire's sister Aubry and brother Brayson are also worried about their baby sister. In addition to taking off time from work to be at the hospital with Claire, Amanda and Jonathan will be facing very expensive bills for the hospital, doctors, treatment, and indefinite post-care while taking care of everyday activities and expenses for Claire's siblings.
Please consider donating to baby Claire's medical fund. This family is facing an uphill battle, and if we can lessen their burden in any way, let's do it! And please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers while they're going through this very difficult time with their seriously ill baby girl.