Julia's Fight Against Neuroblastoma

$13,940 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 144 people in 12 months
There are no words that could describe how strong, brave, and incredibly loving and sweet this beautiful nine-year-old is… nor are there words for the struggle and suffering she has had to endure. A fight that no person deserves, let alone a child, Julia Garmo has been unfortunate enough to receive the news on November 1, 2013 that she has Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer at the age of six years old. She is a wonderful sister to five other siblings whom she is always thinking of before herself. This is not the first time Julia’s parents, David and Anita Garmo, have had to fight for one of their children’s lives struggling with cancer. Julia’s older brother, Isaac, had the same disease twelve years ago and is thankfully now in remission. He is truly a miracle.

Neuroblastoma is a rare and aggressive pediatric cancer. There is no known cure for it, and more than half of the children who go through the tons of disturbing treatments in attempt to cure it (including high-dose chemo, stem cell transplants, surgeries, radiation, and immunotherapy) end up relapsing… which is exactly what we’re dealing with now three years later with our precious Jules.

Julia was originally diagnosed at the age of six, when she had been complaining about a “stiff neck”. After a couple of weeks, it had been a CAT scan that diagnosed her illness. It was the most devastating news our family had ever heard, and it was even more difficult the second, and then again, the third time now with Julia’s relapse. After many grueling and hard to watch treatments, our girl was strong and healthy again. She was back in school using her bright mind again, playing soccer, and finally able to see her friends again… until December of 2016 when her cancer came back. We need your help now more than ever as Julia once again endures a variety and long list of treatments ahead.

My sister Anita and brother in-law David are beautiful, hard-working and faithful parents to all of their children. Because Julia needs the best available to her and receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City, the Garmo family is required to travel back and forth between there and their home in San Diego, among other places, while trying to keep caring for their five other children and maintain keeping their jobs. Any donation would go towards Julia’s medical bills, treatments (both traditional and holistic methods), travel expenses, and special diet to keep Julia strong throughout the side effects of her harsh treatments. Anything will help… contrary to popular belief, insurance DOES NOT cover much, and most cancer families end up getting stuck with a crazy cost of medical bills- some even losing jobs and houses. Our family knows how lucky we are to have so many prayer warriors behind us. There is absolutely no way to show our gratitude, except maybe to show you that your donations, support, and most importantly your prayers are being put to the best use possible by helping our beautiful girl get healthy again and beat this disease!

Please feel free to follow Julia’s progress by visiting www.juliasjourney.org or by following her facebook page “Julia’s Journey” through her mother’s updates, and to learn more about Neuroblastoma. Thank you so much, we love you all and appreciate it so much!

To my incredibly strong sister and brother in-law, you are never alone and we are all here for you. We love you.
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Thank you so much for being apart of Julia's journey with us. Having prayer warriors and supporters like you guys make the journey that much lighter to travel amongst all of the heaviness of heart and anxiety this cancer life can bring. We don't know how to thank you all enough.
Julia is in New York and will be for a total of a month. She's received the 3f8 antibody treatment this week with a few bumps in the road... it was definitely tough for her. But as usual, she's a fighter and so strong. She starts radiation next week and will begin the antibody treatment again in a couple of weeks.
You all have no idea how helpful your donations have been for Julia and her family. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts, we love you all!
Aunty Ashley surprised Julia in NewYork this week!
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Thank you so much to everyone who donated and shared Julia's page in order to reach out to as many people as possible! Keep up the great work! I'd just like to say how much we appreciate all of you and how much this means to our family.

Julia will be getting scans this week, and then traveling to NYC for about a month straight for treatments. Believe me when I say that your donations are a tremendous aid. Thank you ❤

Love,
Julia's Aunty Ashley
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Jordan Daniel
11 months ago

Fight like a champ!!! You got this!!!

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Laurie Edwards
12 months ago

Prayers for Julia. Pediatric cancer reared it's ugly head in our family in September 2013. No child should have to endure this and treatment that was developed more than 30 years ago. I hope the holistic approach includes CBD oil. It has helped my niece.

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Raised by 144 people in 12 months
Created February 5, 2017
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Jordan Daniel
11 months ago

Fight like a champ!!! You got this!!!

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Laurie Edwards
12 months ago

Prayers for Julia. Pediatric cancer reared it's ugly head in our family in September 2013. No child should have to endure this and treatment that was developed more than 30 years ago. I hope the holistic approach includes CBD oil. It has helped my niece.

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