Most children who are diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) are 2-4 years old; really just babies. ALL is a long treatment path; usually three and a half years. There are four main phases of treatment; Induction, Consolidation, Delayed Intensification and Maintenance.
Delayed Intensification Phase
For a parent or legal guardian caring for a child with ALL, the reality is that they will spend most of the first year with their child in a hospital. This almost always requires the caretaker to take a leave of absence or quit their jobs. In fact, this is exactly when they will need extra income. Fighting cancer is not easy or inexpensive. The cost of out-of-pocket hospital and doctors’ visits, co-pays, and prescriptions are several thousand dollars. Many of these families have other children, household expenses, mortgages…
We want to help these children by giving them every chance possible and that includes their caretaker being able to pay for doctors’ visits, prescriptions, pay their mortgage, and having a stable and clean home environment. Without these basic necessities, the child doesn’t have much of a fighting chance.