Summer vacation is the most exciting time of the year for most kids. They look forward to spending more time with friends and family or joining fun camps to embark on new activities. This summer turned to dismay and worry for 12-year-old, Jack Maher, and his family. Jack is one of the most kind-hearted, fun, and giving boys you will ever meet. At the end of July, doctors performed a bone marrow biopsy which confirmed Jack’s diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and his life changed unexpectedly. With barely any time to process the news, he was immediately admitted into CT Children’s Medical Center where treatment began upon arrival. Within the first 5 days at the hospital, Jack underwent 2 spinal taps, bone marrow testing, and a blood transfusion. Intense chemotherapy began within 24 hours and will continue for several months. Due to Jack’s compromised immune system, he will need to remain at the Children’s Medical Center for the majority of treatment.
This battle is a long one for Jack and his family. His beloved 9-year-old brother and best friend, Cody, has also been deeply impacted by this diagnosis. Both of Jack’s parents, Chris and Michelle, work full time jobs but hours will be lessened due to travel time and hospital stays. With less hours, comes less income. We invite you to donate to Jack’s page to support the costs of medical bills, travel, childcare for Jack’s younger brother, and lodging for family. The costs are overwhelming and already beginning to add up. Money will go directly to Jack and his family. We thank everyone who has already been there for Jack. We will continue to send our thoughts and prayers their way. The strength and love in his family and surrounding them will help Jack fight this battle.