Support for Abel Arzola & Family

In honor of the Arzola family, this page was created to help assist them as they begin the battle for the life of their son, Abel, against leukemia.

If you know Axel and Kretel, then you have seen what it truly means to work hard and fight for everything you have. They take nothing for granted, always pushing to be better and to take care of others along the way. Just as they have sacrificially given of their time and talents to all of us, we ask that you take a moment to read their story and consider giving to them in their time of need.


Meet Abel

Abel is a handsome three-year-old boy, full of life and purpose. If you have had the opportunity to meet him, you would agree that his smile made your day better.  He loves his little sister, Alexa (6 months old), and his parents. Abel has a passion for movies (like his dad!) and superheroes.

Diagnosis

Something changed in October; Abel was visibly not his usual self. The Arzola’s were on a trip to Cuba so that their family could meet Alexa. Abel became sick for four days with a fever, limping, and a rash on his belly. He started to feel better on his own, but as a precaution, they took him to the doctor. They concluded that he had a virus, but couldn’t tell what he had specifically.

Two weeks later…. Abel’s fever returned at night a couple days per week. He was not animated or playing like usual, wanted to go to bed early, looked pale, and red dots appeared on his belly. They wondered if it was same virus, and thought that it may go away like it had before. On a visit back to Cleveland, TN, they spent time with a friend that was a doctor and knew Abel. He noticed that Abel was not himself, and he suggested that they take him to a pediatrician.  They made an appointment for first thing Monday morning (12/11). The Doctor ran labs and blood work. When the tests came back that afternoon, they were called and told to go to the E.R. immediately. They took another set of tests, and results came back that night at 11pm. Abel Arzola was diagnosed with leukemia.

**Please Note: Abel’s diagnosis of leukemia had nothing to do with Abel traveling to Cuba, that is simply where his symptoms first showed up. Leukemia is not brought on by the environment, nor is it a genetic disease that runs in the family.

Treatment

As you could imagine, the world stops when you hear that your three-year-old son has been diagnosed with leukemia. No parent can prepare for this news. Growing up in Cuba, Axel and Kretel are used to not having access to the resources capable of healing cancer. This made the moments following the diagnosis even more difficult to process; hearing “cancer” in Cuba doesn’t give options. Meanwhile, Abel is understandably upset because he hates doctors. As the world seemed to stop around them, there is something to be thankful for… God has placed their family in Atlanta, Georgia, with options that can help Abel.

To start treatment, they needed to do a blood transfusion. Abel’s hemoglobin was 4.3, and a normal person’s is 9 or 10. They could not start treatment until he was no longer anemic. Once his hemoglobin level was safe, they performed a surgery to place a port in his chest that has access to a main artery (this way he can receive medicine without an IV, and it will remain there for three years of treatment). Then, they did a spinal tap to check the level of leukemia in his spinal cord, and they put a shot of chemo in while there. Then, they took a sample of bone marrow on his hip. This is a blood cancer; the bone marrow is in charge of producing blood and the white cells that help heal the body. Based on the bone marrow test results, it will determine how strong and how often they will need to do chemo. Based on the spinal tap test results, they will know if they need to do chemo straight to the spine.

Chemo started on 12/13, and they will continue this regimen for 1 month. Abel will be administered three medicines: steroids 2x/day, a shot they will give on Saturday, and the medicine currently going to his heart. If all of that goes well, they should be able to go home on Saturday/Sunday. They will then have to go back to the hospital once per week (maybe longer depending on reaction) to repeat this same process. Abel will also be taking numerous other medications at home.

In one month, everything is tested again, and they will see if treatment worked or if they need to make adjustments. They will then continue the same regimen for 6-9 months, depending on any complications that arise. The best-case scenario would be if he were responding well at six months. Then, they would continue with the treatment for over three years (including the 6 months already spent). Keep in mind, the results of testing could change this treatment course, but we believe for the best outcome.

How You Can Help

First and foremost, we ask that you join in agreement with the Arzola family for Abel’s healing. We declare complete healing over his body, and speak to leukemia that it must leave, in Jesus Name. We declare peace and comfort over the Arzola family as they spend days/nights in the hospital. We declare wisdom and favor over the doctors/nurses/medical staff as they help Abel. We declare over the medicine that it will do only what it needs to do to destroy the cancer and nothing else. Our joined prayers are powerful and heard in the Heavens. Your prayers and support mean more than you know.

Second, we ask that you consider making a donation to the Arzola family. They do not have the exact number on their expenses in the coming months, but they do have immediate and ongoing needs. Kretel will no longer be able to work so she can take care of Abel. Axel also needs the freedom to take time off to support his family as they navigate this diagnosis. As stated at the beginning, both Axel and Kretel work hard and would never ask for anything, which is why it is an honor for all of us to hold them up in their time of need.

All donations will go towards potential medical expenses and general living expenses for the Arzola family. Whether you choose to give one time or make a recurring donation, please know how grateful they are for your generosity. They have a long road ahead, but your support will help take a burden off their shoulders.

Thank you for reading Abel’s story. Your support is not taken for granted.










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Donations

  • Scott Stinnett 
    • $200 
    • 30 mos
  • Arzola-Bellon Michel-Yisel 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
  • sharon kersey 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
  • MH Schweitzer 
    • $50 
    • 30 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Clark Campbell 
Organizer
Cleveland, TN
Axel Arzola 
Beneficiary
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