The afternoon of October 6, 2020, Anneliese and Michael took their 8 year old son, Christian for a check-up at a nearby Urgent Care. They had noticed what is called “petechiae”, (small red dots) on Christian’s legs, buttocks and tongue. During their check-up, Urgent Care advised them to head over to Cone Health Women’s and Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC.
Once they were admitted the doctors ran blood tests immediately. After a few hours of waiting the results came back showing Christian was positive for Leukemia, (a blood
cancer). The medical staff at Cone Health contacted the UNC Children’s hospital in Chapel Hill, NC, where they specialize in children's cancer. UNC sent a team in an ambulance to retrieve Christian from Greensboro to get him the help he desperately needed.
When Christian arrived at UNC the care team got started right away. (They had a room set up for him before he even got there.) After being admitted the doctors and nursing staff worked diligently to investigate what was really happening with Christian. With the knowledge the doctors had they ruled, ALL Leukemia, (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia).
Anneliese and Michael were flooded with information. Within 36 hours Christian given anesthesia and in for surgery. They took samples of his bone marrow, they did a spinal tap and Christian was given a central venous catheter, (a port that helps carry nutrients and medicine into the body).
After surgery, Christian was sore for 3 days. Hardly eating, not wanting to talk. He was everything Anneliese and Michael didn't know
him to be. They stood by his side the whole way through. Providing him with all the love and affection he needed. That comes naturally for the Walters as they're a very close knit family. Within an evening the Walters had surgery results. Christian has what is called Pre B-Cell ALL Leukemia. There are no signs of cancer in his spine and the port on his chest is healing.
The nurses took him for a CT scan to test for blood on the brain and those results came back negative. His heart is healthy and so are his liver and kidneys. As days passed other issues arose including financial burdens. The Walters were insured but not in the means to cover a cancerous condition. Treatments will last 2-3 years.
The financial advisors at UNC are working as hard as they can trying to come up with as many options for them, but they have been told they are in between a rock and a hard place. I am asking anyone who is willing, to help in whatever way you possibly can. Even the smallest donation is helpful and we want to support the wonderful family of three during this extremely difficult time.
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