Organized by: Laila Thomas
EVENT DATE Jan 13, 2016
Laila Cynthia Thomas, our 14 year old treasure, who now fights cancer at this point in her life. This discovery was made through unexpected surgery, about 12 days before Christmas, when she was admitted to the hospital for 6 days. Being true to herself and as we know her to be, she remained and still remains, gentle, soft spoken & bright eyed. Taking in all she can about the plan of attack. I witnessed a new strength in her as she sat in front of one of her doctors. She remained composed, focused with tears flooding her cheeks as she firmly looked into the doctors eyes and said, ……”I want to know verything.” She will fight and she will win. This is her story now, but won’t be forever. Through God’s grace and our prayers and generosity in donations, her story will prove to be empowering. We are taught that our actions speak louder than our words, for Laila this is more than true. She has always been of few words, and her actions have always been gentle and with kind intention, which truly reflects what is in her heart. She believes in happiness and being a good person, she cherishes the love her family has for her and we are so fortunate to have such a sweet tempered person in our lives to remind us of the good that exists in this world. Her long hard journey has just started, but with us all by her side, literally, spiritually, emotionally and whatever we can do financially, she will have success in this battle. Of course, the intent of this fundraiser is to help Gina and Jermaine with the financial devastation this course of treatment can bring. We all know insurance won’t cover all Laila needs. At this point, she will be admitted to the hospital for 4 sessions of treatment, lasting 5 days and then home with no treatment for 3 weeks. Then admitted back for 5 days, home for 3 weeks. This will be the routine for 4 complete sessions at a minimum. At that point she will be re-evaluated. The family has been prepared by doctors that it typically takes 6 sessions of treatment, but 4 could be it. It’s expected she will feel the chemo treatment the hardest at home. Which means, days off for Gina or Jermaine to care for her, without pay. School is not an option for her of course. She will have to be home schooled. At this point we don’t know exactly what insurance will cover but we do know it isn’t everything. Co-pays, deductibles, days off without pay, living expenses for a family of 4 can’t be put on hold. Her knowing that she and her family truly aren’t alone in this will make such a difference for her, Gina, Jermaine and Mekhi. There really is power in numbers. This is common knowledge and now we have a chance to prove it true once again. Many thanks in advanced!