Fight against retinoblastoma

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Asia Dupree  DETROIT, MI
Hi, my name is Brailynn Randolph and I'm 2 months old. When I was born, my family was told that I was a perfectly healthy baby -- eyes both perfect -- hearing great -- everything just fine. Well, that ended up being not so true. One day, while staring at me, my mom and grand mom noticed something that looked like a glass ball in my left eye. My mom called my doctor that morning and off I went to get an exam. After being examined by the doctor, I was referred to an ophthalmologist. That's when my normal life changed with just a few words. During my initial examination with the ophthalmologist, for some reason, he was unable to detect anything and kept telling my family I was fine and that both my eyes appeared normal. Thank God my mom didn't listen! She told him to look again. I cried so hard when he tried to keep me still and hold my eye open. This time, he noticed the glass ball in my eye and ran out the room to get another doctor. He left us in shock! We didn't know what to think! My family wasn’t ready for what they were about to hear.

The Doctor called my family into a conference room and told them, “I'm sorry to say your daughter has an eye tumor and will need to be treated right away. If not, she could die!” Ugh! Just like that, one day I’m happy, playing in my swing, and the next, I'm dying. My mom cried so hard. The news was just too much for her and she left the room.

After that visit, I had one appointment after another. Finally, I was diagnosed with retinoblastoma by a pediatric ophthalmologist. Retinoblastoma is a childhood cancer arising from immature retinal cells in one or both eyes and can strike from the time a child is in the womb up to 5 years of age. This cancer is curable if caught early enough.

My parents didn’t know what to think. My mom blamed herself and has been crying every day, and dad is very sad as well but tries to hide it because my mom is sad.

During my next visit to the hospital, I would have to be put to sleep to have a retinal scan done on my eye. Finally, good news! My cancer had not moved and was not spreading to my other eye or my body. The doctor informed my family that the tumor was not that big and that, if treated right away, there could be hope of not losing my sight or eye.

My family took me to an Ocular Oncology Specialist. This doctor had practice experience with the management of retinoblastoma in children and was one of the best in the state of Michigan. Like the others, he informed my family that, worst case, there was a chance I could lose my eye. He had faith, however, that with chemotherapy and laser eye care, I would be fine.

CHEMO!!!! I'm only two months old; but the doctor says this is the only way to save my life. Well, I guess I’ll have to put my strong cap on and get well for myself and my mommy and daddy. I don't want them to hurt anymore. I just want them to know I'm going to be ok! Worst case at this point is I will have to wear glasses and won't have full vision.

Now my family faces an additional challenge. My mom had to stop working to look after me and our health insurance was canceled. My dad hasn't been back to work because he’s scared to leave mom and refuses to miss any of my appointments. It's been difficult for them to do very much and I still have needs as well as mounting medical bills!

I do know that my life isn't over not yet. I just got here and I look forward to making a mess and getting into trouble. I look forward to messing up my Parents and Grandparents homes. I look forward to exploring and getting into things I'm not supposed to.

Please, don't let my parents and family get overwhelmed with this and help them fight my battle against cancer. And finally, please share my story with someone else.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Brailynn

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Update 3
Posted by Asia Dupree
15 months ago
As the world knows my daughters father is currently in jail for a bank robbery. To some of the world he is a monster to us he is a father that wanted to protect his daughter. My daughter had her what we thought was the last chemo is March which they gave her three months to see what would happen without chemo. One of her checkups she went in and they came back with news that chemo might be needed again because she had another rumor that dropped off the main tumor.

On the 4th of aug I received a letter saying that her insurance had now been closed and she was no longer covered. So questions between me and her father as to what will we do now if she needs it, how are we going to pay bills? Will I loose my job again? What are we going to do? We don't have a car. We have to pay rent like things became more stressful in one letter.

So that's when her dad went out alone not telling anyone and unarmed robbed a bank. In his community. Which he did to be able to provide chemo and anything else for his daughter and provide for his family. He did interviews for jobs, we called the state worker for the insurance. and nothing.

Now she's going through chemo again and her father is not around.
As of 20th of aug we went in for a regular check up on her eye to see how the freeze treatment went and we were told that she would have to redo chemo treatments... Which we have started. Her chemo is a higher dose, and has a impact on her
Daily health.
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Update 2
Posted by Asia Dupree
26 months ago
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Yesterday was my first day of chemo, it was a bit scary but I think I did a good job, other then pulling my Iv cord out my leg and since my leg was in a wrap it was a while before my mommy and auntie noticed, it caused me to lose some blood, and scare everybody other then that I was a big girl! God wispered to me and told me he made me strong as steel so it was going to be a piece of cake. "I think He was telling the truth"
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Update 1
Posted by Asia Dupree
26 months ago
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On Monday I go to the specials there in detroit michigan to see if the treatment will work to save my left eye!! I have a little vision in my eye as of right now but waiting any longer may make things worst! But I just no there is more to my life so I won't stop fighting!! Please fight with me
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Josh Hermiz
26 months ago

Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your child and it shatters my heart into a million pieces. Cancer plays a big role on my life and I am the president and founder of the Cancer Awareness Society at Oakland University. I am willing to fund-raise for your baby! If you would like to email me at Jhermiz@oakland.edu I will update you on a fund-raiser that I have planned on November 6th. May God bless her to fight this awful disease.

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Theresa Koski Rawlings
15 months ago

Please have your physician reach out to St Jude's Children's Hospital for a referral. There is no cost to the family for care or travel. Will keep your daughter in my prayers. She is beautiful!

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Christina Maria Meerloo
15 months ago

Your story is about to blow the lid off of the cost of health care in this country so you better hold on honey!! Good luck and sending you loving vibes from NewJersey ♥

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Chamonix Reed
15 months ago

Hello can you give a call at 313.703.3181 I am the producer of the Mildred Gaddis Show and would like to speak with you for a quick moment. Thanks!

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Amber Nicole
15 months ago

God bless your family and beautiful baby Brailynn. Tell daddy not to feel like he let his family down because look at what's happening now. It might not have been the plan but his actions are going to make sure that she has access to the treatment she needs. I'll be sharing and donating later today. Prayers for baby Brailynn and mommy and daddy!

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Fran Preston-Siegwardt
15 months ago

I don't have $ to donate now but I am posting your link on the threads of news posts of your story where ever I can. I hope this you and your family. I wish you the best for your baby girl and her daddy.

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Mary Jenkins
15 months ago

I am the founder of Christians Overcoming Cancer. We help people and parents of children battling cancer pay bills while going through active treatment. Please reach out to us. St. Jude's Children's Cancer Research Hospital treats children battling your daughter's type of cancer at no cost. They do not help with at home costs like housing, utilities, transportation, childcare, emergencies etc, this what we focus on. Please call 614-985-3750 ofc or 614-805-1253 direct to me. Our application for assistance is available online at www.christiansovercomingcancer.com. We are praying for you and your family.

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Katy Nowoswiat
15 months ago

I am a retinoblastoma survivor having been diagnosed at age 3. I am now 25 and prefectly healthy. My situation was similar to your daughters, as my cancer had not left the eye socket. What I will say is this though - I have ZERO limitations on my life even though I only have one eye. I know many folks would try to avoid removing the eye, and I'm sure your doctor has told you, but chemo can have some serious damaging effects on the skull and can lead to deformation (since your skull does not finish growing until you are in your 20s). Having 1 eye has not changed my life in any way. You can't even tell my eye is not real unless you look closely. Removing the eye can be the fastest and easiest way to save your child. If you do consider this, we have one of the BEST makers of prosthetic eyes here in Boston, Jahrling Ocular Prosthetics. The level of care they provide is amazing and I promise you would never know your daughter has a fake eye. Just some food for thought. I will keep you and your daughter in my prayers. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I was treated at Boston Childrens Hospital by Dr. Robert Petersen and I can tell you, they are the BEST!

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Mike Petrozelli
15 months ago
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"...Randolph was arrested after authorities began tailing him and pulled him over in Detroit on Aug. 14. In the car, authorities found a Gucci bag with clothing and accessories, the new shirts and clothes, and new tennis shoes in his size in the front seat. They also recovered $3,100 in cash. Randolph told authorities he had paid multiple months’ worth of rent with the money." Wait, you also said you have no car, did he steal this too? Something isn't adding up here, and another article stated your insurance wasn't cancelled but that you never renewed it: "...According to WXYZ, Brailynn’s health insurance was unexpectedly cancelled after Dupree failed to renew it following the toddler’s one year birthday."

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Ashley Nicole Duke
15 months ago
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Honey, you have so many people behind your family from around the country. I hope that your family makes it through this and that your daughters father is able to beat these charges and find a job that allows him to provide her with insurance. The amount of love, and dedication that he showed is amazing. The fact that in our day and age and in this supposed richest country that this happens is heartwrenching. I hope that you guys make it through this and that your sweet baby makes it through this with her daddy right there.

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Doll Kennedy
15 months ago
8
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Their insurance was cancelled because they (the parents) failed to renew it! They were not dropped!! Also the father went on a shopping spree with the money he stole from the bank!

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Cody Bradshaw
15 months ago
8
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Liars

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Ron Poorman
15 months ago
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Insurance companies use any legal excuse possible to cancel sick people, even children. The multi-millionaire executives of these companies are scumbags that should be tried for crimes against humanity.

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Christian Gross
15 months ago
7
7

If you go to the article http://butthatsnoneofmybusiness.com/23-year-old-father-robs-a-bank-to-pay-for-his-daughters-chemo-after-insurance-runs-out-23-year-old-father-robs-a-bank-to-pay-for-his-daughters-chemo-after-insurance-runs-out/ put out by the same site that posted the video on facebook, you will see a picture of the young man and child, it is from his IG. The comments were cropped out, as he states the child is not his daughter. This looks fishy.

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Jonathan King Bailey
15 months ago
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In his state, the insurance is free for that child. FACT He stole to buy designer shit for himself. FACT

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Carol Alesio-Quinn
15 months ago
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This organization may be able to provide financial help fairly quickly. Please contact them. http://bepositive.org

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Katy Burton
15 months ago
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Both parents quit working and start robbing banks and set up a GoFundMe? After they diagnosed this problem with their naked eyes? Sounds very fishy.

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Ashley Casias
15 months ago
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While I feel great sympathy for your daughter it's sad how money was also spend on lebron shoes and a Gucci bag.

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Anthony Senart
15 months ago
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Congratulations DAD. In the END hopefully we can get this up to a million dollars. I am so Proud of this Father even though he broke the laws of the land your story has broke national news and hopefully enough money can be raised to help save your daughter. 5 star DAD in my book

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Scott Daniels
15 months ago
4
4

What a total scam, this dude is nothing but a robbing piece of dirt I wouldn't donate one red cent to this scam, the man went on a luxury spending spree for himself and girlfriend after he robbed the bank people ought to know that.

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Raised by 1,847 people in 26 months
Created September 27, 2014
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Josh Hermiz
26 months ago

Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your child and it shatters my heart into a million pieces. Cancer plays a big role on my life and I am the president and founder of the Cancer Awareness Society at Oakland University. I am willing to fund-raise for your baby! If you would like to email me at Jhermiz@oakland.edu I will update you on a fund-raiser that I have planned on November 6th. May God bless her to fight this awful disease.

+ Read More
Theresa Koski Rawlings
15 months ago

Please have your physician reach out to St Jude's Children's Hospital for a referral. There is no cost to the family for care or travel. Will keep your daughter in my prayers. She is beautiful!

+ Read More
Christina Maria Meerloo
15 months ago

Your story is about to blow the lid off of the cost of health care in this country so you better hold on honey!! Good luck and sending you loving vibes from NewJersey ♥

+ Read More
Chamonix Reed
15 months ago

Hello can you give a call at 313.703.3181 I am the producer of the Mildred Gaddis Show and would like to speak with you for a quick moment. Thanks!

+ Read More
Amber Nicole
15 months ago

God bless your family and beautiful baby Brailynn. Tell daddy not to feel like he let his family down because look at what's happening now. It might not have been the plan but his actions are going to make sure that she has access to the treatment she needs. I'll be sharing and donating later today. Prayers for baby Brailynn and mommy and daddy!

+ Read More
Fran Preston-Siegwardt
15 months ago

I don't have $ to donate now but I am posting your link on the threads of news posts of your story where ever I can. I hope this you and your family. I wish you the best for your baby girl and her daddy.

+ Read More
Mary Jenkins
15 months ago

I am the founder of Christians Overcoming Cancer. We help people and parents of children battling cancer pay bills while going through active treatment. Please reach out to us. St. Jude's Children's Cancer Research Hospital treats children battling your daughter's type of cancer at no cost. They do not help with at home costs like housing, utilities, transportation, childcare, emergencies etc, this what we focus on. Please call 614-985-3750 ofc or 614-805-1253 direct to me. Our application for assistance is available online at www.christiansovercomingcancer.com. We are praying for you and your family.

+ Read More
Katy Nowoswiat
15 months ago

I am a retinoblastoma survivor having been diagnosed at age 3. I am now 25 and prefectly healthy. My situation was similar to your daughters, as my cancer had not left the eye socket. What I will say is this though - I have ZERO limitations on my life even though I only have one eye. I know many folks would try to avoid removing the eye, and I'm sure your doctor has told you, but chemo can have some serious damaging effects on the skull and can lead to deformation (since your skull does not finish growing until you are in your 20s). Having 1 eye has not changed my life in any way. You can't even tell my eye is not real unless you look closely. Removing the eye can be the fastest and easiest way to save your child. If you do consider this, we have one of the BEST makers of prosthetic eyes here in Boston, Jahrling Ocular Prosthetics. The level of care they provide is amazing and I promise you would never know your daughter has a fake eye. Just some food for thought. I will keep you and your daughter in my prayers. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I was treated at Boston Childrens Hospital by Dr. Robert Petersen and I can tell you, they are the BEST!

+ Read More
Mike Petrozelli
15 months ago
9
9

"...Randolph was arrested after authorities began tailing him and pulled him over in Detroit on Aug. 14. In the car, authorities found a Gucci bag with clothing and accessories, the new shirts and clothes, and new tennis shoes in his size in the front seat. They also recovered $3,100 in cash. Randolph told authorities he had paid multiple months’ worth of rent with the money." Wait, you also said you have no car, did he steal this too? Something isn't adding up here, and another article stated your insurance wasn't cancelled but that you never renewed it: "...According to WXYZ, Brailynn’s health insurance was unexpectedly cancelled after Dupree failed to renew it following the toddler’s one year birthday."

+ Read More
Ashley Nicole Duke
15 months ago
9
9

Honey, you have so many people behind your family from around the country. I hope that your family makes it through this and that your daughters father is able to beat these charges and find a job that allows him to provide her with insurance. The amount of love, and dedication that he showed is amazing. The fact that in our day and age and in this supposed richest country that this happens is heartwrenching. I hope that you guys make it through this and that your sweet baby makes it through this with her daddy right there.

+ Read More
Doll Kennedy
15 months ago
8
8

Their insurance was cancelled because they (the parents) failed to renew it! They were not dropped!! Also the father went on a shopping spree with the money he stole from the bank!

+ Read More
Cody Bradshaw
15 months ago
8
8

Liars

+ Read More
Ron Poorman
15 months ago
7
7

Insurance companies use any legal excuse possible to cancel sick people, even children. The multi-millionaire executives of these companies are scumbags that should be tried for crimes against humanity.

+ Read More
Christian Gross
15 months ago
7
7

If you go to the article http://butthatsnoneofmybusiness.com/23-year-old-father-robs-a-bank-to-pay-for-his-daughters-chemo-after-insurance-runs-out-23-year-old-father-robs-a-bank-to-pay-for-his-daughters-chemo-after-insurance-runs-out/ put out by the same site that posted the video on facebook, you will see a picture of the young man and child, it is from his IG. The comments were cropped out, as he states the child is not his daughter. This looks fishy.

+ Read More
Jonathan King Bailey
15 months ago
6
6

In his state, the insurance is free for that child. FACT He stole to buy designer shit for himself. FACT

+ Read More
Carol Alesio-Quinn
15 months ago
6
6

This organization may be able to provide financial help fairly quickly. Please contact them. http://bepositive.org

+ Read More
Katy Burton
15 months ago
5
5

Both parents quit working and start robbing banks and set up a GoFundMe? After they diagnosed this problem with their naked eyes? Sounds very fishy.

+ Read More
Ashley Casias
15 months ago
5
5

While I feel great sympathy for your daughter it's sad how money was also spend on lebron shoes and a Gucci bag.

+ Read More
Anthony Senart
15 months ago
5
5

Congratulations DAD. In the END hopefully we can get this up to a million dollars. I am so Proud of this Father even though he broke the laws of the land your story has broke national news and hopefully enough money can be raised to help save your daughter. 5 star DAD in my book

+ Read More
Scott Daniels
15 months ago
4
4

What a total scam, this dude is nothing but a robbing piece of dirt I wouldn't donate one red cent to this scam, the man went on a luxury spending spree for himself and girlfriend after he robbed the bank people ought to know that.

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