ABRIEL At just 7 years old Abri was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. After 2 years of treatments and trials Abri is cancer free and thriving. Although due to the severity of her treatments and cancer Abri will be undergoing an amputation below the knee. Now, 9 years old she has a passion for using her voice and experience to speak out and help kids just like her.
Brooklyn: At just 2 years old Brooklyn was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. A year later Brooklyn was declared NED(No Evidence of Disease).
Although Brooklyn is cancer free she still has one year of treatment ahead of her. ACFC assists Brooklyn and her family with their travel expenses to New York. Because Neuroblastoma is so aggressive her family lives in fear of a relapse.
Mason: Mason was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer at 14 years old. After 2 years of constant treatment Mason continues to defy the odds and is truly a fighter that loves life. ACFC has assisted Mason and his family with out-of-state travel expenses for his medical treatment. Mason is currently undergoing an experimental treatment out of state; he is the first pediatric cancer patient in the world to receive this treatment.
Meet Tanasia, she was diagnosed on January 29th, 2018 with Hodgkin Lymphoma Stage III. Her diagnosis came following a six week period of being sick and multiple visits to her pediatrician. After numerous blood tests, scans, x-rays and biopsies, the family heard the words, “it’s cancer”. Tanasia started her first round of chemo on January 29th. Since she did so well through her first days she is able to continue her treatment on an outpatient basis. As of today, she has completed two full rounds of chemo. She will start round three this month, April 2018. Aside from our financial assistance and sunshine pack provided, Tanasia benefitted from a visit from one of our Therapy Dogs. Scroll to the Dog Blog section of this newsletter for full details and the heart warming pics we were able to capture at her visit.
Meet Anna: On Friday, March 24, 2017 Anna ran over to her mom mid-soccer game and told her she needed to make an appointment to see an eye doctor because her eyes were getting blurry. A few days later she complained of double vision and then soon after, her mom picked her up from school and noticed her eye drooping. She was immediately taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital where scans revealed 2 brain tumors. Anna was diagnosed with a very rare aggressive type of cancer called DIPG. Her love for playing piano, cooking and playing with her siblings was changed forever. Anna passed away on July 20, 2017 her mom writes, “I look at Anna before the disease and she was so special-but the girl I learned and lived with during our intense, fast battle with cancer was an Anna that I can't quite describe. She taught me things I could only learn through such an experience. And believe it or not when I see those pictures of her swollen little face and in a wheelchair I miss that Anna just as much as the pre-cancer Anna because amidst all that hard- I experienced love and joy in a whole new way and family in its purest form.” ACFC is providing End of Life financial support to the Ortega family during their difficult times.