I would like to tell you about a special patient named William, a 14-year-old who was diagnosed in March with “very high risk” leukemia. William is no stranger to illness, having been diagnosed at age 5 with a brain tumor that required surgery and life-long medications.
William’s treatment for cancer began with hospitalization and chemotherapy. He underwent surgery and multiple procedures. He spent several days in intensive care due to side effects of his medications. He has lost his hair, has difficulty walking and must use a walker. Chemotherapy has left him weak and causes episodes of pain.
William lives with his mother and 4 siblings. Mom is unable to work, so she can care for William. They make frequent trips to and from Savannah which is costly since they live 90 minutes away. His older sister is unable to attend school so she can work to help with family income. The family budget is very limited but Mom feels they are very blessed. She worries about the upcoming holidays and being able to put some joy into the season for her children.
William is a quiet young man who enjoys movies, books and looks forward to going out to dinner. He loves to cook and is fascinated by train sets. His 18-year-old sister loves shopping and clothes. His brothers, ages 16, 14, and 11, are sports-oriented and love games. Gift cards could really make a difference for this family. Dinner and a movie could be a special treat for them. Gas cards would be appreciated for the multiple trips Mom has to make to Memorial. Thank you for listening to William’s story. Any help you could provide this family would be greatly appreciated.
Theresa Ryan Registered Nurse
Children’s Hospital at Memorial
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