On Sunday, 2/11/18, Kelly & Lance learned some devastating news about their 10 week old daughter, Karalyne. She has been diagnosed with AML, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. This has come as a complete shock to their entire family, and they are still dealing with the realization that their sweet baby will have to go through months/years of rigorous treatments to try and overcome this rare infant disease. Aside from having to take care of Karalyne in the hospital, Kelly and Lance also have 6 other children between the two of them, 3 of which primarily live with them, and the other 3 visit regularly. They are still trying to figure out how to go from here as far as properly caring for all the kids and being with Karalyne in the hospital for the next 4 months or more.
Kelly is still on maternity leave, but it ends on 2/21, at which time she is expected to be “active” at work again. This is a tricky situation because Kelly lost her role at her company before having the baby, but was allowed to go on paid leave for 12 weeks and resume her “transition” period after her maternity leave in order to find another role in the company and not lose her job. With this recent turn of events, Kelly will not be able to return to her employer and find another role in the allotted time. This is extremely unfortunate because she will need the insurance to cover some of the costs for Karalyne’s treatment, as well as a paycheck to pay for the out of pocket costs in addition to their normal costs of living. Cobra will be subsidized for 6 months, and then will be unaffordable. Lance has his own flooring business, but is having to turn away work and/or pay others to go do the work he was planning to do himself. All of these circumstances are placing additional burden on Kelly and Lance during a time when they should be able to care for their sick daughter and focus on their 6 other children as well.
A CaringBridge website is being set up for the family to post updates on Karalyne’s progress, and will be posted soon. If you can find it in your hearts to help them, please consider donating to this Go Fund Me account. No amount is too small. Anything will help them as they begin this battle to save Karalyne’s life.