My niece Naomi has Leukemia.
My sister Shannon (Naomi's Mom) and her family are some of the happiest, most compasionate, loving people you could ever meet. If you have had them touch your life in some way or another, you know what I mean. Sadly, this tragedy has hit the family very unexpectedly.
Here's Dan Oakes (Naomi's Father) post taken from Facebook just days after it all started:
"We are so grateful for all the calls, texts, emails, visits, hugs, prayers, and kind words for our sweet Naomi.
For those friends that dont know we took Naomi to the Dr on Wednesday after noticing excessive bruises on her legs and torso. They examined her and did some blood work and told us they would call us with the results. On Thursday morning their office called and told us that we needed to take Naomi to Cardon Children"s Hospital ASAP.
We were met there by wonderful... doctors and nurses that examined and tested her. They informed us that Naomi's blood counts were consistent with Leukemia. They scheduled a bone marrow biopsy for this morning at 9am to verify the diagnosis and determine treatment. After the biopsy the doctor later confirmed the diagnosis of AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia).
She said this was the type of Leukemia they were hoping not to find. It is more aggressive than other kinds and will require 6-9 mo of intensive therapy in the hospital. We are obviously scared and concerned for our girl, but she has been a trooper and is positive about getting better. We are so blessed to have the gospel in our lives as it gives us hope and faith in what is beyond this moment. I think she has a hard road to travel, we are honored to be with her for the difficult journey. We have deep faith in our Father in Heaven and we will seek his comfort and grace during this time."
With permission from my sister and her husband, I have started this GoFundMe page to help cover the medical expenses and I'm asking for your donation to help them through this tough time...every dollar helps.
We all know that the battle against cancer is a tough one, and that it can be lengthy. This is especially true with Leukemia.
Shannon, Naomi's mother, was met with a $2,000 medical bill within their first 48 hours of this journey, and the medical expenseses keep growing.
Our goal is set at $30,000 but we aren't really sure how much more these expenses will grow over the coming months.