Never did this before but the life of my granddaughter hangs in the balance. Certain events humble you. This is one of them.
Cassandra, my three-year old grand baby was diagnosed with liver cancer four months ago. She has received 5 rounds of chemotherapy and withstood every medical intervention and insult with an elvish smile and silent giggle. The silent part is due to the ventilator and trach she has endured most of her short life. As a preemie, she was handed a rough handdefective heart (corrected), damaged lungs (healing) and now this: cancer.
But as Dickinson wrote: Hope is the Thing with Feathers.
Though initially turned down for a liver transplant at Philadelphias Childrens Hospital (CHOP), Cassandra is scheduled to be evaluated by Pittsburghs pediatric team of surgeons and oncologists. They believe they can get this done.
Weve gone from grim days to hopium days.
The problem is financing the outside medical costs. Insurance covers a goodly portion but most people know, whats not covered can break a familys backmedical transport, food, lodging, etc.
So, Im asking for any assistance the DU community might be able to offer. A friend of my son and daughter-in-law has started a GOFUNDME page. Youll see a pic of Cassandra there. Weve nicknamed her the Warrior Princess. Its a name the child has earned a hundred times over.
Anything donated will be deeply appreciated.
Thank you in advance,
Peggysue, aka Nan to this sweet but remarkably fierce baby
Profile InformationName: Peg
Hometown: New Jersey
Home country: USA
Current location: Wilmington, DE
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About peggysue2Retired writer/editor, avid reader, political junkie, Mom to grown kids and endlessly kid-like puppies and Nan to our sweet Cassandra.
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