Mike was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma when he was 5 months old. Retinoblastoma is a rare eye cancer that rapidly develops from the immature cells of a retina, the light detecting tissue of the eye and it most commonly affects young children. Unfortunately, we found out at 4 months that Chase has 3 tumors, one small tumor behind the left eye and two behind the right eye, one tumor was smaller and the other is pretty large (as circled in pic). Instantly they got Chase a doctor’s appointment at Children’s Hospital in California on 2/8/18. They put him under anesthesia and ended up luckily being able to laser the tumor in the left eye. However, the 2 in the right eye were very close to a nerve, so they thought the better way would be to try chemotherapy. He started his first round of chemo 2 days after he arrived in Los Angeles. He is going to have multiple appointments as well as Bethany and Michael are going to have major medical and travel expenses due to him having to get the chemo in California for the next 2 months. He also has to get injections every day for the next 14 days after each treatment of chemo and the injections alone cost $260. He will also have to have Bi weekly blood draws that cost a $60 co pay each visit.
He goes to CHLA once a month to see Dr. Jubran who is his oncologist and in the same trip, he will see Dr. Berry or Dr. Kim who are his ophthalmologists. They are all at CHLA. He will be there for at least 4 days during each visit. He'll be there for an evaluation under anesthesia and then 2 days of chemo. Then, in Las Vegas, at Children's Specialty Center of Nevada, he will see Dr. Alhushki (his other oncologist) for blood draws that will be done twice a week. Chase only has one insurance at this time, so co-pays and medical expenses are racking up, as well as the traveling expenses and the food expenses they are having to endure. Please help! Anything helps, even a share!
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