On the 17th of March, 2019, little 14 month old Chloe Jenkins was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma; a very rare and aggressive form of child cancer. Chloe lives in Cork with her mom, Deborah from Kerry, and dad, Gareth from Dublin. She is the most amazing little girl with a smile that lights up the world.
Chloe’s family are utterly devastated by the news and are desperately trying to rally around her parents to support them in any way we can. The tumour is very large and spread across much of her abdomen and wrapped around several vital organs making surgery extremely difficult.
Chloe immediately started a gruelling treatment regime of intensive chemotherapy in Crumlin Children’s Hospital to reduce the size of the tumour to operable level. For anyone who knows this terrible disease, things can change at any given time and the family have already experienced a number of setbacks.
So far Chloe has undergone 6 rounds of chemo. While the tumour is shrinking, it is not pulling back from vital organs and major blood vessels. The family have been advised that it is ‘wrapped like ivy’ around her organs. One of her kidneys is no longer functioning and her heart is under considerable pressure.
Chloe’s family have set up ‘Chloe’s Journey’ to try to generate funds to help with Chloe’s ongoing care so Deborah and Gareth can focus on her treatment and being by her side. Deborah and Gareth, for the moment, have both had to take leave from their employment to provide full time care since Chloe’s diagnosis. Funds raised will help alleviate some of the financial costs associated with caring for a seriously ill child as well as travel, accommodation and living expenses involved in multiple hospital stays and clinics.
There is also the possibility that Chloe may need to avail of specialist treatment and further medical support abroad to fight this terrible disease. Chloe’s family want to ensure that she receives the best possible treatment and increase her chances of survival.
If you would like to support Chloe in her fight you can donate here. Please help in any way you can.
Any funds raised and not used will be donated to charities that have supported Chloe and her family - Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, Hand in Hand, the Irish Cancer Society and the Ronald McDonald House.