Gomez Family, Need Help For 5yrs Old little Jimmy

Organized by: RONALD TIERNEY

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February 12, 2016

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The Gomez Family, They had already been dealing with the severity of diabetes with Jimmy, They were taking him to dialysis, which started in September 2014. They were spending a small fortune on medications and visiting the doctor frequently. Then in December of the same year, little Jimmy began to have some stomach problems. The doctors assumed it was constipation. For a couple of months, Jimmy would have stomach issues which caused him to moan and cry in pain, but the diagnosis remained constipation. His parents were so upset not knowing how to help him. The doctors gave advice which they followed. It seemed to get better but it didn't go away. Then, in February, just two months after the stomach issues started, Jimmy was having hip and leg pain. The Gomez family was able to get him into the pediatrician, who ran blood work. The blood panel came back with inflammation markers, which means more tests were to be run, as this could have meant many things. Imaging was done and when the results were read to the Gomez family, their hearts sank. Their little boy had multiple lesions and masses throughout his body. Specifically, 5 year old Jimmy has a large retroperitoneal soft tissue mass with increased tracer uptake indicative of Neuroblastoma. There are multiple metastatic lesions in the spine, including in the T5, T6, T11, L1, L3, L4 and sacrum. There are multiple lesions in the skull, midline of frontal bone, right frontal bone, clivus, and the right and left scapula. Lesions are in the bone marrow. More lesions are present in the left proximal humerus, left and right iliac bone, right acetabulum, and left proximal femur. To sum it up in English: Jimmy is only 5 years old and he was diagnosed with cancer, Neuroblastoma to be exact. Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body (Neuroblastoma, 2015). He has tumors and lesions in his body in his spine, skull, adrenal glands, kidney, and more. He has just completed Cycle 5 of chemotherapy. Instead of playing in the pool this summer or going to the lake with his family, he is in the hospital every few weeks. After cycle 6, they will do a scan to see if the tumor is small enough for resection. After this, there will be a stem cell transplant which will start with an aggressive chemo regimen. Jimmy may suffer with mouth sores, extreme nausea, fatigue, diarrhea and more. He is already feeling these effects from the first five cycles, but this upcoming round is thought to be the toughest. Could you imagine being told your five year old has a 50/50 chance of survival? None of us know how long we have on this earth, but we always hope our children will outlive us. To find out your child has cancer and has to go through chemotherapy to get rid of it is news anyone would find devastating. However, the Gomez family is strong and fighting with everything they have. Bernice is able to work from home thanks to her employers. This allows her to keep her benefits and bring in income. Due to a bad car accident years ago, Allen's Jimmy Father is not able to work and is on disability. He has been going through dialysis and is now on the list for a kidney transplant. The bills are starting to come in for Jimmmy's care from the initial diagnosis several months ago. Even with insurance, bills for $150, $250 and even $2500 are rolling in and this is just the beginning. Bills for Jimmy have not started coming in yet, but are expected, especially as the transplant process continues. Please find it in your heart to donate to the Davis family for help with their medical expenses. Thank you for reading


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