While little Teeja does the heavy lifting through chemo treatments, OUR job is easy - help fund the huge costs that are mounting daily.
We created this page to raise money for my dear friend, whose 2 year-old daughter - only 6 months older then my own - is battling cancer. I never thought when I watched in awe, as Teeja entered the world on that beautiful Florida day, that only 2 short years later she would be diagnosed with a life threatening disease.
We all hear about childhood cancers, we see the commercials on TV, we ache for those kids, but never in a million years do we think it will happen to us, to our child, to our friend. For Teeja, what began as a simple tummy ache has turned out to be a stage 3 neuroblastoma which will require aggressive treatment including a grueling regimen of chemotherapy that will last for 6 months.
The hope is that the cancer has not spread, that the chemo will shrink this very active tumor, and that it can be removed successfully – but a terrible nightmare has become a reality for Tana, Dennis, and their family.
Chemotherapy over the next six months means so many unexpected expenses: endless trips to All Children’s Hospital and consistent out-patient visits – a 100 mile round trip, the need for an ultra-clean environment at home (air and water purification systems) and costly daily sterile care items, prescription meds not covered by insurance, lost wages, upfront insurance deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses, many meals and incidental costs while away from home.
We’re asking you to dig deep and help Tana and Dennis focus on Teeja’s recovery while together we help cover the initial estimated $15,000 in uncovered expenses.
Here are some ways to help: