A Helping Hand Offers a Lifeline

Three-year-old Effy knows how to have fun – having a ball on the playground, trying to keep up with her brother Harry and reading with her mom and dad.

Sadly, just after turning two years old, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

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A Family’s Dedication at Any Cost

“It was like a pain I had never felt before,” recalled Effy’s mom, Jennifer.

Effy was admitted to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (California, United States) where she immediately began treatment, a series of painful procedures that included a lot of poking and prodding – scary for a small child.

To give Effy the care she needed, Jennifer took an unpaid leave of absence. With this drastic reduction in income, the family experienced increased financial strain and needed help paying their mortgage.

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A Helping Hand Offers a Lifeline

Luckily, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is a partner of Family Reach, an organization funded in part by the AbbVie Foundation that helps families with a child or parent afflicted with cancer deal with the overwhelming financial and emotional burdens of the disease. The hospital’s social worker introduced them to the Lifeline Grant Program that covered their mortgage bill right away.

Thanks to the generosity of Family Reach, the stress of paying bills was reduced and Effy’s family could focus on what was most important – Effy.

A Happy, New Day

Today, Effy is doing better, thrilled to be with her friends and can’t wait to ride her own bike.

About Family Reach

Since 1996, Family Reach has been helping families with a child or parent afflicted with cancer deal with the overwhelming financial and emotional burdens of the disease. Learn more about the amazing relief Family Reach provides at familyreach.org.