Hayden's Fight with Retinoblastoma

With permission from Helen and Andrew Weiss, we started this GoFundMe page to help cover medical expenses and we're asking for your donation to help them through this extremely tough time...every dollar helps.

On July 4th, 2015, their daughter, Hayden (age 3 ) was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer that primarily affects young children. While there have been other cases where doctors were able to save the child's eye, it was not the case for Hayden. She underwent surgery just days after the diagnosis to remove her right eye in order to save her life. Upon further tests, it was also confirmed that the cancer had spread to the optic nerve (which attaches to the brain). What is next for Hayden is a series of intense chemotherapy & radiation treatments. The plan right now is for her to undergo 4 rounds of chemo. Each round lasts 3-4 weeks. It will be 12 weeks if she does well and has no adverse reactions to the treatment, otherwise, the treatments will be spread out over a longer time period. 

The coming days, weeks and months will be a very difficult time for them. We have set the goal of $50,000 to help cover medical expenses including deductibles, medications and ultimately prosthetics (which we recently learned are not covered by their insurance). These funds will also help the family with various other expenses as they have left work to  focus on caring for Hayden. Every dollar helps at this point, especially as we learn more about what is needed for them down the road. We can't begin to imagine the difficult days ahead and hope that our community of friends and family will lend a hand, send positive thoughts and help us reach our goal.

Hayden is a fighter and we know she will beat this. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

Thank you,

Cindy Chen
Kaitlin Veith

About Retinoblastoma: 
Retinoblastoma  is an eye cancer that begins in the retina — the sensitive lining on the inside of your eye. According to cancer.org , there was an estimated 280 cases detected in the US in 2014. Retinoblastoma usually occurs in children under age 5 and accounts for 6% of cancers in this age group. Symptoms of retinoblastoma may include “white pupil,” in which the pupil of the eye appears white instead of red when light shines into it, eye pain or redness, and vision problems. To learn more about this disease, please visit Children's Hospital LA, WillsEye Hospital,  or view this video.

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Cindy Chen 
Garnet Valley, PA
Andrew Weiss 
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