In July, my niece Claire was diagnosed with leukemia. Life abruptly changed for her and her family. Claire is doing her best to face this physically and emotionally difficult time with bravery and confidence. Her parents, Travis and Megan, and her little sister Paige are still standing in the face of extraordinary circumstances.
Claire has completed her first round of treatment at a local hospital. She recently transferred for continuing care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and will be there for many months. Her family takes comfort in knowing a world-leading institution is providing Claire's care. However, this change complicates an already difficult situation.
Claire's care has been and will be covered by her family's health insurance. However, there are tremendous costs including parking , food, gas, and lost income which are not covered by health insurance.
We are fundraising, from a variety of sources and networks, to give Claire's family some measure of relief and worry removal right now, during this difficult and stressful time.
We are asking for help from the Balloon Juice community to achieve one specific goal.
Can we pay the year's rent for a modest apartment near CHOP so that Claire's family can be close by, her little sister can come to visit and her parents can have a small place of respite and recovery after spending days and nights in the hospital room with their daughter? We're seeking to raise $18,000 to cover a two bedroom, 1 bath apartment within a 10-15 minute walk from the hospital for a year. Anything raised above that will be used to help defer other living expenses for the family.
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