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Desperately need help to pay son's medical bills

Organized by: Tanika Taylor

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Hi in 2002 I gave birth to a vibrant healthy baby boy. For two years he developed as all other kids his age all doctor visits and check ups were perfect. Then one day in 2004 my husband and I noticed that he had a limp in his right leg and a small bruise on his forehead and cheek. Well being parents of two young boys at the time we initially thought the boys were playing a little too rough when they were left alone to play together in the other room. So we discussed how to play safely with one another so that injuries don't occur. Over the next several days the limp continued to get a little worse, so we made him an appointment to see his doctor. Well after a few test our life changed drastically. We were called back and told that we needed to bring him in right away for more test. This time the doctor ordered a triple bone scan, we were scared senseless. The doctor then came and told us the bone scan was normal but we needed to be immediately transferred to children's memorial hospital to speak with the hematologist. This scared us even more. When arrived at the the hospital we were taken to the HEM/ONC unit where our hearts sat in our throats. Dec 26th 2004 @1:45 pm, the nurse and two doctors came in and asked us to follow them to the family room where they would give us a diagnosis that put our lives into a whirl spin of doctor's visits and a limited childhood for our 2 year old son......He was diagnosed with Leukemia. We were able to receive assistance with medical care with the medical card provided by our state. We went through two and a half years of intense treatment. When treatment was done so was the medical card. Unfortunately once the treatment of chemo cocktails are complete his long term follow up care is never ending. He is now 13 and as healthy as a horse, in order to make sure he remains that way we must continue to go in for annual visits with the Oncologist. Being working parents we do not qualify for medical assistance and our insurance only pays part of the costs. The remaining $300-400 bill remains our responsibility. Next week will be time to schedule his annual appointment, but being $900 in the hole we see it impossible to take him for his annual check up only to receive another bill we can not afford to pay. If there is anyone out there who help with even the smallest amount, we would be forever grateful. And we thank you so much in advance for any help you can give us to make sure our son continues on long healthy road in this life.

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