This past August, two days before they were supposed to leave for Disney World, Alison ended up in the hospital. Her kidneys were failing. They started emergency dialysis and performed surgery to remove excess fluid from her lung and around her heart. She spent ten days in the hospital and was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease. Alison endured five months of going to a dialysis center three nights a week for treatment after dedicating herself to teaching kindergarten all day. She then decided to have surgery to allow her to complete her treatments at home. She now maintains her health by doing her own dialysis for at least nine hours every night. Alison was ready to start exploring her options for a life-changing kidney transplant, but then Bob had a major setback.
Bob has had a history of Stage 4 melanoma for the past four years. When first diagnosed, he decided to take part in a clinical trial for a new immunotherapy drug. He went for treatment every other Friday for two years straight while still going to work every day. He has been off treatment for two years now, and his scans were looking good. Then Bob started having headaches. A few weeks ago, an MRI showed that his melanoma had returned, this time as a three-inch brain tumor. He was admitted to the hospital that day and had emergency surgery to remove the tumor the next day. Bob spent two terrifying days in the ICU, and was discharged five days after surgery. He is now home recovering, but still faces radiation and possibly more immunotherapy treatment.
Thankfully, their actual medical expenses are manageable through their insurance; however, Bob is out of work indefinitely, and faces many more medical appointments, tests and procedures for the foreseeable future. This will have a major impact on their daily living expenses and overall finances. Alison and Bob are usually very private people, but they realize that now is the time to reach out for help. They’re exhausted. Let’s help them make it through this rough time. The funds that are raised will help them cover rent and utilities over the next twelve months, and, if there are any funds remaining after they fulfill their responsibilities, we can help them get back to Disney World – their happy place! Alison and Bob need some light to look forward to at the end of this dark tunnel they are currently experiencing.
With sincerest thanks,
- Melanie Levin
- Badeerah Bashir
- Adrienne Horowitz
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