Naaman, nicknamed Cheeky due to his cute full cheeks, is a sweet and full of life 17-month-old who charms the hearts of those around him. On July 26th, Naaman was diagnosed with high risk Pre-B ALL Leukemia due to his white blood cell count of 750,000. The news obviously shocked and devastated family and friends. Subsequently on August 26th he was diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation called Ph-like-ALL for which he will have to undergo clinical trial treatment.
He has been receiving treatment from a wonderful group of doctors and staff at Yale-New Haven Children’s and the Smilow Cancer Hospital. They have laid the groundwork for his treatment plan, which is an intense 6-month period with a total 2-3-year treatment timeline. We are all hopeful for his recovery and understand how difficult a period this will be for not only Naaman but his family as well.
Naaman’s parents, Nicole, Neil and their 4-year-old daughter Nadine have had several financial burdens placed on them. During this challenging time their incomes will be reduced to one. There are also several costs beyond the healthcare bills as well as the unknowns needs that undoubtably will arise in the future. We hope that any donations from family, friends as well as others will help alleviate some of the financial burdens they will face.
We thank each one of you for your continued support of our beloved Cheeky and hope for his full recovery.
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