Erick is an 8 year old boy who was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer, called Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma. He has undergone 2 extensive surgeries to remove the larger tumors, including the largest one that was in his testicle. He has now gone through about 6 months of chemotherapy, and just started radiation on February 11, 2021. One of the chemo medications he was on caused his liver to shut down, and he became very sick, and needed to have a drain put in his abdomen to get the free fluid out. Another chemo medication he has been taking has affected the nerves in his legs, and he is not able to walk normally or put his feet flat on the floor, so he has to walk "tippy toes first". Another chemo medication he just started is an oral type that tastes so bad that it is hard for him to take without vomiting. All of the chemo and radiation makes him nauseas. We have been driving back and forth to CHOP (1.5 hours away from home) on Mondays for chemo, and now have to drive there every Monday through Friday for the next 4-6 weeks for radiation. We pay many copays for his medications, and in the beginning we paid medical insurance premiums. We have also not been able to work as much due to his appointments and also the surprise hospital stays from the chemo affecting his body, and now we will not have any income for the next month to month & a half since we will be unable to work, driving to CHOP every week day. We are struggling to pay our bills & buy necessities, and are using what we have saved to pay what we can. CHOP social workers & other amazing community members have been super helpful to our family and we are truly grateful, though for a family of 7 there is only so much people can help with. For these reasons among others, we are asking for donations to help us get through these hard times. Once we are through with all of this and back on our feet, we would love to give back to the community in any ways we can.
Also, one thing I would like to address here, is the video of Jalen Hurts giving us the big $30,000 check. I have seen many hurtful comments from people who don't know us, saying we probably used it for things we don't need, or that we shouldn't be asking for donations if we were gifted so much money. I would like for everyone to know that that money, all of it, is 100% going towards a mortgage so we can get our family out of the small 2 bedroom trailer we are in now. We do not even have the money, nor will we be getting it, because the people in charge of those finances will be paying the mortgage lenders DIRECTLY. With the video getting so much publicity I knew there would be nasty comments, but I do not want people thinking badly of us. That is not who we are. Thank you for taking the time to read the entire story.
Gofundme takes a fee from both the donor & us, so if you would like to avoid that, you can send your donation through Venmo or check.
Venmo: @Amandakay7 (last 4 digits of my phone # are 8686)
Check donations may be sent to the address below (made out to Amanda Carter)
If you would like to send Erick a card, he would be very happy to read it. Cards can be mailed to:
Erick Figueroa Carter
P.O. Box 527,
Nottingham, PA 19362
Thank you all so much ❤
- Teresa Slackway
- David Yagel
- Teresa Koch
- Jessica Perez
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