Mollie has spent 12 months of Leukemia treatments under the care of Brenner Childrens' Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. She has gone through various stages of treatment, each unique in the length and course of treatments involved. The first 6-8 months were the toughest but Mollie handled them like a champ, despite missing school, her friends, and dealing with some bumps in the road and a hospital stay in January for mouth sores related to chemotherapy. She turned 7 in February and has charmed everyone with her spunky spirit and joy despite all she has been though.
In the spring, Mollie returned to school, and proceeded to have a fun and "normal" summer. She entered the final and longest phase of ALL treatment in June, called maintenance. During this phase, she takes oral chemo daily, still has blood checks each week, and goes to Brenner's once a month for treatment. Every three months, she gets a more intensive round of chemotherapy. She is back in school, in second grade, now, and is working hard to get all caught up on what she missed last year.
A year later, an ALL patient is only about halfway through treatment. If all goes according to plan, Mollie will be finished with her treatments in December, 2020. Naturally, this lengthy process takes a toll on a patient as well as a family. Many days are still busy with doctor's appointments, unplanned visits to the emergency department if Mollie is feeling ill or has even a slight fever. When this happens, schedules must quickly be rearranged, bags packed, household tasks left undone, siblings to arrange care for, and plans cancelled. Mollie's mom, Caroline, works for Norwex, which is an independent sales company providing consumers with chemical free cleaning products. Her business is largely based on in home parties, many of which have had to have been canceled in events like these. Her business, and the family's income, have been greatly impacted by this as well as the long-term and constantly mounting hospital, pharmaceutical, and doctor bills.
We all rallied to support the Gilmore family a year ago in the storm of the initial diagnosis of Mollie's ALL. Many of you still follow them and pray and we cannot thank you enough. We would love to continue the support for them as they head into the second year of treatment, showing them that the body of Christ will continue to surround and care for them.
Thank you for your love, concern, and prayers, and for any gift to the family.
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