Five years ago, one month after giving birth to our second son, Nikki was diagnosed with a brain tumor, the symptoms of which manifested themselves during her pregnancy. She immediately underwent emergency brain surgery and the tumor was removed.
Unfortunately, yet another tumor was discovered in Nikki’s brain last November (2018). On January 30th 2019, she underwent a second brain surgery but the entire tumor could not be removed. The stated reason for this was that a portion of the tumor was located in an area of her brain which made it too dangerous to attempt to remove it.
For the above-stated reason, Nikki’s neurosurgeon has recommended that she undergo Proton Radiation Therapy treatment in order to eradicate the remaining portion of the tumor and any other tumor cells.
Proton Radiation treatment is provided by a company called ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset New Jersey. Nikki is required to undergo six weeks of daily radiation treatment (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) at their facility in New Jersey.
The total cost of the radiation treatment alone is TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($20,000.00.) The transportation cost to and from the facility from our home on Long Island is estimated to be SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS ($6,000.00).
Today, March 25th 2019, we were informed that our medical insurance provider has denied Nikki coverage for this potentially life-saving procedure.
According to her doctor, in order to increase the likelihood of success, Nikki must begin undergoing this treatment no later than Monday 1st April, 2019.
My family and I are therefore making an urgent request for donations towards Nikki undergoing this treatment. We offer a sincere “Thank you” for your consideration of our request and appreciate any donation which you are able to make.
Again, a sincere "Thank You" to all who have contributed to our fundraising campaign. The time is approaching for us to make the down payment on Nicola's radiation treatment and Nicola's sister, Grace Frith, is now assisting me with withdrawing the donations received to date from our GoFundMe account.
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