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