On February 23rd, Diana and Jonathan took Makayla to the doctor’s office after she spent the night throwing up. While they were there, they had a bump looked at from a fall she had earlier in the year. The doctors took an initial scan and discovered it was a tumor, the size of a baseball. A biopsy was performed the next morning.
After a week of tests, Makayla was diagnosed with high-risk, Stage IV Ignore. It’s devastating news that no parents want to hear, especially in their 16-month-old daughter. It came as a shock since Makayla has never shown any signs of discomfort or pain; she's been a happy child playing, laughing and growing.
Unfortunately, additional tumors were found in her cheek, kidney, spinal cord, and it has spread to 80% of her bone marrow.
Due to the size of the tumor which started near her kidney, she had a nephrostomy put in to drain the urine since it was pressing up against her kidney. A port has been inserted into her chest as well so that she can receive her chemotherapy treatments. Makayla has already received her first round of chemo and the doctors are hoping chemotherapy will shrink the tumors so that no major surgery is needed.
After two weeks at the hospital, Makayla was finally able to go home and see her big brother Jayden. Both Diana and Jonathan are taking periods of unpaid leave for the foreseeable future to take care of their family.
Makayla will have to undergo at least 18 months of chemo and spend more overnights at the hospital. The family has a long road ahead of them and we’re hoping the funds will help alleviate some of the expenses that come with caring for a child with cancer.
Please keep Makayla, Diana, Jonathan, and Jayden in your thoughts.
On April 1st around 1:30 AM a very tragic incident took place. Our dear friend, Destiny Hoyt, was involved in a roll over car accident. She was ejected from the vehicle and rushed to the hospital in critical condition. She is currently in a coma and has suffered very severe brain trauma.
As of right now she has no medical insurance, and hospital expenses are rising quickly. Doctors are at a loss as to how to further treat her injuries The Hoyt family has to make some crucial decisions quickly; and the purpose of this gofundme is to help cover medical expenses and possible future funeral arrangements.
Destiny has a heart of gold. She is the sunshine on a rainy day. She's hell on heels and whiskey in a teacup. Always the one to go out of her way to help a friend in need, and its now our time to return the favor.
The Hoyt family is asking for your prayers and are hoping for a miracle. Please help us ease the financial burden that they are facing at this time. Anything and everything helps.
Why does it always seem like the best people get hit the hardest? Becky and Jake Noel have been champions for their four children, especially their son Chase, who as a baby was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. Due to complications from the disease, Chase, now 14, is currently waiting for a liver transplant. He was recently featured as a Wish Kid for the Make A Wish Foundation. (Click on the video link in the gallery to watch a short 4 min. video clip about his wish)
About 18 months ago, Becky started experiencing extreme fatigue and was unable to keep up with her busy schedule as a mom of four kids. After an initial diagnosis of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, her symptoms were all written off as thyroid related. Even though she worked out regularly she was experiencing extreme exercise intolerance and difficulty even walking up stairs. Her doctor failed to look for additional issues and told her she was probably just out of shape. Eventually, after getting to the point where she was barely able to stand, Becky was admitted to the hospital for 4 days where she received two blood transfusions and a battery of tests as doctors tried to find the cause of her anemia. Two days later her world fell apart when she was finally correctly diagnosed as having Multiple Myeloma, an incurable cancer of the plasma cells. Out of 3 stages of classification for Myeloma, Becky’s cancer is stage 3. At the time of her diagnosis, over 90% of her plasma cells were cancerous. She is currently undergoing treatment at Huntsman Cancer Institute in preparation for a stem cell transplant in hopes of putting her into remission. Her only concern is getting healthy enough to raise her children, and particularly to care for Chase when he has his liver transplant.
For one family to emotionally deal with two medical issues of this magnitude is understandably extremely stressful. Add to that pressure two sets of seemingly endless medical bills, and the stress is absolutely overwhelming. It's our turn to be champions for Becky, Chase and the rest of the Noel family. Your donations will be used to help pay for Becky and Chase's medical expenses, and allow the Noels to focus their energy on each other and on staying positive through this difficult journey.