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Save Tomas's Eye - Cancer Treatment for Tomas

$15,615 of $55,000 goal

Raised by 264 people in 5 months
Created December 24, 2018
Update 3/23/19: If you want proof that miracles happen, look at Tomas - the same little boy who was on the verge of losing his eye in December is back home in Chile today, without a tumor and cancer-free. Thank you all for your prayers, your messages, your concern and your monetary support - YOU made this miracle possible. We are so thankful for every dollar that was contributed towards Tomas's expensive and life-saving cancer treatment at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. We couldn't have done it without each and every one of you. While we still have to check in with the oncologist in June, we are celebrating this victory today. With grateful hearts, The Railef Family


Update 2/9/19: We are so excited to share that the doctor at Wills Eye did not find a single seed from the tumor that was in Tomas's eye - it's an unexpected miracle. We still have to follow-up with more appointments, which your donations will help pay for... we have to be extremely vigilant with this type of cancer. We are so grateful for your prayers, your donations and your love and concern for our son. We are feeing victorious because of YOU. Update 1/20/19: We got the most unexpected news - the radioactive chip destroyed the tumor completely! The first chemo injection was given on January 16 with three more scheduled. We need to raise the money to pay for the injections that will be given at Wills Eye Hospital. Please help us fight for Tomas. Thank you!

35636020_1545959169864690_r.jpegUpdate 1/2/18: Tomas needs four chemotherapy injections, the first one on January 16. All the funds raised will pay for the injections at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Update 12/27/18: Tomas received treatment this morning and we were able to pay $54,719 in full to Wills Eye Hospital by taking out several loans, maxing out our credit cards, using all of our savings and a dear friend who was generous enough to lend us half of the necessary money. To everyone who has donated to this fund - thank you for making the continuation of Tomas's treatment possible. We have not been able to withdraw funds from this account because we do not have social security numbers (we are Chilean citizens with a medical visa) but we are working on getting someone to withdraw the funds on our behalf. He has four injections and one control scheduled in the next months, and the GoFundMe account will pay for these treatments as we do not have any more resources. Every injection will cost $11,000 plus the cost of the drug and the control will cost a minimum of $11,000. That is why the goal is $55,000 today (that's the cost of administering the injection and does not include the price of the drug). We are indebted to you and thank you for supporting our son.  - Rodrigo and María José Railef

Actualización 12/27/18: Tomas recibió tratamiento esta mañana y pudimos pagar $ 54,719 en su totalidad al Wills Eye Hospital sacando varios préstamos, maximizando nuestras tarjetas de crédito, usando todos nuestros ahorros y un amigo querido que fue lo suficientemente generoso Para prestarnos la mitad del dinero necesario. A todos los que han donado a este fondo: gracias por hacer posible la continuación del tratamiento de Tomas. No hemos retirado fondos de está cuenta ya que no somos residentes americanos con números de seguro social pero estamos trabajando para solucionar esto. Él tiene cuatro inyecciones y un control programado en los próximos meses, y la cuenta de GoFundMe pagará estos tratamientos ya que no tenemos más recursos. Cada inyección costará $ 11,000 más el costo del medicamento y el control costará un mínimo de $ 11,000. Es por eso que el objetivo es $ 55,000 hoy (ese es el costo de administrar la inyección y no incluye el precio del medicamento). Estamos en deuda con usted y gracias por apoyar a nuestro hijo.

Story: Our four year old son, Tomas, was born with bilateral retinoblastoma, a condition for which he is receiving treatment at Wills Eye. To save Tomas's eye, we need to raise $54,719 for radioactive cancer treatment that begins on December 27 and continues for four months. 
Diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma at two months old, Tomas has already lost one eye to the disease. We are desperately trying to save his remaining eye... that's why we traveled from Chile to Philadelphia to see Carol Shields at Wills Eye Hospital. The funds raised on GoFundMe will be used to pay Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. If you could help by sharing or giving, we would be eternally grateful. Our family thanks you. - Parents Rodrigo and María José Railef and big sister Josefa 35636020_15456740490_r.jpeg

Para salvarle el ojo a Tomas, necesitamos recoger $54,719 para un tratamiento radiactivo para combatir el cancer este 27 de diciembre. Diagnosticado con retinoblastoma bilateral a los dos meses de vida, Tomas ya perdió un ojito por la enfermedad. Estamos desesperados para tratar de salvarle el ojito que le queda.... por eso viajamos de Chile a Philadelphia para ver a la doctora Carol Shields en Wills Eye Hospital. Si nos pudiera ayudar al compartir o donar, estaríamos eternamente agradecidos. Nuestro familia le agradece a usted.
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If you want proof that miracles happen, look at Tomas - the same little boy who was on the verge of losing his eye in December is back home in Chile today, without a tumor and cancer-free. Thank you all for your prayers, your messages, your concern and your monetary support - YOU made this miracle possible. We are so thankful for every dollar that was contributed towards Tomas's expensive and life-saving cancer treatment at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. We couldn't have done it without each and every one of you. While we still have to check in with the oncologist in June, we will celebrate this victory today. With grateful hearts, The Railef Family Si quiere una prueba de que suceden milagros, mire a Tomas: el mismo niño que estuvo a punto de perder su ojo en diciembre está en casa hoy en Chile, sin un tumor y sin cáncer. Gracias a todos por sus oraciones, sus mensajes, su preocupación y su apoyo monetario. USTED hizo posible este milagro. Estamos muy agradecidos por cada dólar que se contribuyó al costoso y salvador tratamiento para el cáncer de Tomas en el Wills Eye Hospital en Filadelfia. No podríamos haberlo hecho sin cada uno de ustedes. Con corazones agradecidos, la familia Railef.
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Guess who has good news... we do!!! When the doctor at Wills Eye checked Tomas's eye, she was shocked - not a single seed from the tumor is left in his little eye. The radiactiva chip worked better than expected and he is doing better than expected and we are so thankful that he was able to undergo this eye-saving treatment. It's because of YOU - your generosity, your love for helping others, your prayers and good wishes and the grace of God - that Tomas's eye was able to be saved. Thank you for your support. This is one part of the fight that has been won but Tomas still has appointments with the doctor and oncologist at Wills Eye, which your donations will help to cover, to ensure that we are aware of any changes in his eye. Please continue to keep us in your prayers and share our story with others. We've don't have any money or savings, but our son is alive and his eye is cured and we are thankful for YOU. Adivina quién tiene buenas noticias ... nosotroa!!! Cuando el médico de Wills Eye revisó el ojo de Tomas, se sorprendió: no queda ni una sola semilla del tumor en su pequeño ojo. El chip radiactivo funcionó mejor de lo esperado y él está mejor de lo esperado y estamos muy agradecidos de que pudo someterse a este tratamiento para el cuidado de los ojos. Es gracias a USTED, su generosidad, su amor por ayudar a los demás, sus oraciones y buenos deseos y la gracia de Dios, que el ojo de Tomas pudo salvarse. Gracias por tu apoyo. Esta es una parte de la pelea que se ha ganado, pero Tomas todavía tiene citas con el médico y el oncólogo de Wills Eye, que sus donaciones ayudarán a cubrir, para asegurarnos de que estamos al tanto de cualquier cambio en su ojo. Por favor continúen manteniéndonos en sus oraciones y compartiendo nuestra historia con otros. No tenemos dinero ni ahorros, pero nuestro hijo está vivo y su ojo está curado y estamos agradecidos por USTED.
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Nos fue súper bien en la cita de Tomasito - la placa radioactiva Mato el tumor grande y quedan muy pocas semillas!!!! Un resultado que no lo esperábamos - la oncóloga nos había dicho que estuviéramos preparados para lo peor. Estábamos muy estrenados pero gracias a ustedes, los que rezaron y le mandaron energía positiva a mi hombrecito pequeño, tenemos las noticias que nadie se esperaba. Con esta buena noticia viene la lucha más grande - hacer posibles las inyecciones de quimio que el necesita para completamente destruir las semillas. Cualquier ayuda se les agradece... compartan nuestra historia y sigan mandándole las buenas vibras a Tomasito. -Rodrigo y María José Railef We did very well in the appointment of Tomasito - the radioactive chip killed the big tumor and there are very few seeds left !!!! A result that we did not expect - the oncologist had told us that we should prepare for the worst. We were very distressed but thanks to you, those who prayed and sent positive energy to our little man, we have the news that nobody expected. With this good news comes the biggest struggle - making the injections possible that he needs to completely destroy the seeds. Any help is appreciated ... share our story and keep sending good vibes to Tomasito. -Rodrigo and María José Railef
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Hola a todos!!!!... les quiero pedir una gran ayuda a los que puedan...
mañana es un día crucial para mi hijo tomasito....van a revisar cómo va el tratamiento y dependiendo de eso ven cómo seguimos...el favor es si pueden rezar o enviarle energías positivas mañana a las 10:30 de la mañana a mi bebé... de verdad agradezco si me pueden ayudar con esto Hello to everyone!!!! I would like to ask a favor from those who are able... tomorrow is a crucial day for my son Tomasito.... doctors will check to see how the treatments us going an a then decide how to proceed...the favor I ask of you is to pray or send my baby positive vibes at 10:30am tomorrow morning... I would truly appreciate it if you could help us in this way
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