My first introduction to Jay’s HOPE was through television commercials. I had seen them off and on, but I never thought I would need their services. That changed in February 2015. My 12-year-old daughter, Savannah, had been feeling tired and sick for several weeks. She went to the doctor for tests. We thought she would walk out with a simple diagnosis and some medicine, but when they tested her white blood cell counts they were over 200,000. The normal range is 4,500-14,000. This was a major red flag, and she was sent to the pediatric oncologist in Macon.
Savannah was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. I was serving time in jail when she fell ill and was separated from her for the next five months after she was diagnosed. At the time, my mother was taking care of Savannah and her sister. I remember feeling devastated and lost. I had never felt so helpless in my life. I couldn’t even put my arms around my child and tell her it was all going to be okay.
I remember my mom calling me after one of Savannah’s appointments and telling me the people from Jay’s HOPE had come to see them. I cried. I knew God had wrapped my family in his arms through Jay’s HOPE. This organization is truly a blessing to families dealing with childhood cancer. From the patient to the parents, to the siblings and grandparents, no one is left out.
Jay’s HOPE has been there for my family when I couldn’t be. They’ve helped us out with gas cards and food cards for our trips to the doctor. They have helped us pay utility bills that were beyond our reach. They even helped with a plumbing bill that was necessary to keep the family in a healthy living environment. I hate asking anyone for help, but God has placed these wonderful people in our lives to ease the burden of having a child with cancer. Jay’s HOPE is FAMILY in every sense of the word! We love them very much!
-Christina, Savannah’s Mom
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