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Issy's Health Care Fund

$50,650 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 333 people in 3 months
Created July 6, 2018
Choi-Kwei's God Family
on behalf of Jeena Choi
Our beloved Issy went into Yale Hospital to see an ENT and pulmonologist, and after a weekend's worth of tests and Issy's deteriorating condition they discovered a cerebellar tumor by her brain stem. It took an 8-hour surgery by a brilliant, dedicated team, and a whole lot of prayers, and now Issy is "Tumor-Free." Leaving Frank, Jeena, Issy, Lu, and all those praying for Issy in a posture of profound gratitude to God.

But the medical expenses are high, and there will be months of hospital bills (between $250,000 and $500,000, estimated.)  We'd love to help defray the cost for our Kwei-Choi family.
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Hello friends!
We are delighted to report that Issy is now home getting physical and occupational therapies, speech pathologist to help retrain her swallowing muscles and school tutoring to keep up with 7th grade! All the while trekking to Yale weekly for various follow-ups. She has two more rounds of chemo left, which means about 6-8 weeks left in that treatment portion. She will get a little break after that, then few weeks of radiation, TBD.

While Issy is weaker since chemo started and pretty much in isolation due to ultra-low immune, her spirit never falters and is even OK that she still can't swallow because that would've meant "tasting all the medicine that I have to take!" along with the yummy (?) hospital food.

It has been 78 days since our extraordinary journey began and no doubt there is a long ways to go. Yes, we have moments of despair but more than anything, we feel beyond blessed and encouraged knowing we are surrounded by loving, incredible community who reminds us daily that we are never alone. We are forever changed by your grace and compassion. THANK YOU for being with us, and WOW to friends and colleagues from every chapter of our lives! We can't wait to celebrate with you all at the finish line.

Blessings to you and yours,
Frank and Jeena
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Dearest friends, family, neighbors, brothers and sisters, classmates, colleagues, Wiltonians, New Canaanites and FBer's who love Issy and our family,

We are so thankful for ALL of you for the overwhelming outpouring of love, prayers, support, warm thoughts, well wishes, and good vibes that this amazing community have been pouring on Issy. We are truly humbled and blessed beyond measure to receive such a tremendous gift. Thank you.

We are happy to report that Issy is making great progress. The cancerous brain tumor was removed completely on 7/4 and the subsequent spinal tap was clear, indicating that the cancer is localized. She has been at an acute rehab hospital in New Britain, CT since last Friday (7/20) receiving physical therapy for swallowing, central apnea and physical mobility. She is also scheduled to begin the first of four rounds of chemotherapy back at Yale late next week. The road ahead is long and challenging but we are confident that with the continual support of this community, Issy will make a complete recovery sooner than expected, beating all odds.

With heartfelt love and prayer of blessings for all of you,
The Kwei Family
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Jeena and Frank, Issy and Lucia are bowled over by your generosity. Any unused funds will go “to the Ronald McDonald House of CT given by “Issy’s friends” where our family received clean, comfortable room to recharge and kitchen/dining facilities/playset where we were able to enjoy some time with our other 8yo daughter, Lucia. What an amazing place of respite and comfort, just across the street from Yale!”
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$50,650 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 333 people in 3 months
Created July 6, 2018
Choi-Kwei's God Family
on behalf of Jeena Choi
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