During the last 8 months I have become close friends with a wonderful woman named Maria, I have also come to love her daughter Jaylin (JJ). JJ has stage 4 neuroblastoma, a terrible pediatric cancer which requires chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy and stem cell transplantation. Low risk neuroblastoma has a high rate of success, sadly this is not the case with stage 4. JJ has undergone 8 months of hell, there really isnt any other way to put it, her treatment and side effects have been quite heartbreaking. But JJ has been so brave, even when in great pain she sings and smiles, she loves princesses and is usually dressed in the most beautiful princess dress you could ever imagine. She has had extremely invasive surgery yet astounded her doctors and recovered in no time at all. JJ is a gorgeous little 3 year old girl, full of life and potential but JJ desperately needs one other drug, 3F8. 3F8 is a mouse derived antibody and has shown great promise, 3F8 could well save JJ's life. I am probably making a complete arse of explaining this, so please read more on 3F8 here ...
As far as I understand it though, this therapy is still experimental (but very succesful!) and guess what, due to this factor, her insurance company wont pay. I know that Maria has been fighting and pleading with them for weeks now and still they wont budge. Maria and JJ cant wait any longer, JJ needs this treatment within the next few weeks. The oncologists at St Joes and at Sloan Kettering in New York have recommended 4 cycles, each cycle costs 18 thousand dollars! I am not asking for donations, this isnt a begging letter, I promise. But please think of this little girl and her mother, and if anyone reading this knows of anywhere, anyone or anywhere at all, we can plea to for funding then please let me know.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and will pass on all correspondence to Maria.