Megan and Marcus have 6 beautiful children. 13-year-old, Ashton, 11-year-old Ayden, 10-year-old, Aubrey, 9-year-old, Allie, 3-year-old, Altyn, and 8-month-old Aylor.
The summer of 2019, 10-year-old Aubrey began experiencing back pain and was referred to a specialist at University of Iowa Stead Family Childrens Hospital. They found a 10 degree rotation of her spine, but assured her and the family she did not have scoliosis but they would continue to monitor her.
Early January she began experiencing more and more back pain. It continued to progress to the point, this vibrate, loving, girl was waking in the night with excruciating pain and unable to enjoy the things she loved most. After first seeing her primary care doctor, who noted an abnormal MRI, they were again referred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital to the same specialist.
On April 20th, 2020, more scans were completed and confirmed a tumor at L2 in her spine. She was admitted and the following morning, a needle biopsy was obtained.
April 22nd, 2020 is the day Aubrey and her family’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with, rather aggressive, Ewing Sarcoma. That very same day a port was placed and bone marrow biopsies were obtained.
We were blessed with the news it was a localized tumor with no metastasis, but given the severity of the tumor, April 23rd, 2020 was day #1 of her very aggressive treatment plan. This treatment plan consists of (hopefully) 9-10 months of a 1-2 day inpatient chemotherapy treatment, then two weeks later, a 5-day inpatient chemotherapy treatment. Following chemotherapy, they anticipate she will need surgery and radiation to remove the residual tumor.
Although, Aubrey still has that contagious smile, her and her family have just begun this long road to recovery: the future is full of stress, anxiety, and unknowns. This has all happened so quickly and has, undoubtedly, taken a financial toll on their family already. These financial struggles will continue as they travel to and from the hospital, spending a week every month on an inpatient floor for treatment, and everything else this diagnosis entails, all while caring for their 5 other children at home. Megan and Marcus want to do everything in their power to help each member of their family get through this pain.
The outpour of love and support the Galindo’s have already felt is incredible. Whether you are family or friends or simply know the family through the community, work, school or church, it’s our turn to show up for them.
We are hopeful, yet feel so helpless during this journey. We know many of you do too and want a way to help. Alleviating the added financial stresses that are inevitable in situations like these, is one thing we CAN help with. We understand that these can be difficult times for many of us with the current pandemic, which is complicating things beyond what we could imagine, for all of us, we appreciate anything you feel you can contribute. Every bit counts.
- Paul Roberts
- Erika Appleton
- Barb Anderegg