As you may know, a week ago my parents went to Boston to evaluate their options for my dad. Definitive diagnosis is AL amyloidosis and multiple myeloma (cancer). He is scheduled to have a stem cell transplant later this month. The process itself it quite intense: a week of growth factor injections and stem cell collection via chest catheter, daily visits to check on vitals (each visit will be 8-9 hours per day), high-dose chemotherapy, and stem cell reinfusion. The entire process lasts about 8 weeks, and he will be "quarantined" from interacting with anyone except his doctors and one caregiver, which of course will be my mother, Elfreda Massie. He'll be in Boston through December and after he returns home, recovery can take several years.
How can you help? Prayer, prayer, and more prayer. In addition to your prayers for healing, wisdom, financial provision, peace, strength (and on and on…), you can also donate funding to help offsite the cost of their lodging, transportation, and the cost of treatment.
Pedrito is 1 year old and on February 5, 2017 he entered the hospital with a virus. The virus affected his heart causing dilated cardiomyopathy (inflammation of the heart). Currently his heart is very weak and does not have enough strength to pump blood to his whole body and other organs are starting to deteriorate. Pedrito is plugged to a machine with artificial breathing waiting to be transfered.
Pedrito need to be transferred as soon as possible to Texas Children's Hospital for a heart transplant and treatment which has a cost of $2 Million.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!! $1.00 counts!
We will be eternally grateful!
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.