Naomi's Fight Against Cancer
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.
PO Box 41416
Mesa, AZ 85274
Thank you Taylor Swift. You're an amazing caring person, and our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.
Hi Naomi and the entire Oakes family! Our prayers and support go out to you and Naomi. Our daughter, Lauren-aka Lolo, also has Acute Myelocytic Leukemia and is currently in remission. She was in a similar situation 2 years ago, when she was 10. Please find me on facebook if you ever need a mom's perspective or just some support from a family that has shared your journey. If you watch Lolo's Story on you tube, it tells Lolo's story and her plea to have Taylor come see her. I am so happy to see the support Naomi is receiving. Never give up hope....I look forward to hearing of Naomi's progress. I am sorry you all have to be part of the ever growing pediatric cancer family, but know there is a lot of support out there! God Bless....LesLee Hacker
Unfortunately I am unable to donate as I live less than paycheck to paycheck. However, I felt it necessary to let you know, Naomi, that you can kick cancer's butt! I am studying to be a nurse practitioner in pediatric oncology so I can help little girls and boys like you get healthy again! Praying for you and a comfortable, "swift" recovery! -Fellow Swiftie
Naomi, I am so proud of you for fighting like a champion! I was diagnosed with AML in March and ever since Bad Blood started playing on the radio I joked about making a video like you did! Im so glad you made this video and I got to see it! You rock! I've been blogging my experience with AML (while pregnant) if you want to follow along too, it's www.thelaurentlife.wordpress.com We will get rid of this bad blood!!! -Gaby
I am praying for you sweety! You be strong and know the lord is watching over you. I know what you are going through because I spend half my time at the cancer center.Sorry I can not donate due to financial problems due to sickness. I also have a gofundme account. I wish I could send you a card. God Bless you and your family. Hang in there and I will to!! Hugs!
Naomi, I can't donate right now. I'm heading to Canada soon, like 9 days from now. It'd be awesome to pick you up a postcard, or two, while there, maybe a couple from here in Indiana, also, and send it to you, but I can't find any address for you. However, if I could donate, I would, in a "Swift" heartbeat. Your inspiration to many. I'm extremely glad I heard about you. Prayers to you and your family. A fellow Swifty, Jess
Naomi ,you are an inspiration to children and adults who are fighting the same " bad blood" just in different forms and stages. Having had this bad blood affect several members off our family,we know 1 st hand the journey and battle you have ahead of you. With your faith in our heavenly father and the love and support of your family and friends,I have no doubt that you will be center stage at Taylor's not Valley concert. We are unable to make a monetary donation due to medical expenses our family has. What I can offer is prayer and support as you embark on the toughest and possibly most important journey of your life. I can also share your story in hopes of inspiring others going through something similar.. Good bless you and your family. Sending prayers and love to you all