#MissionMonday: Gavin

 In Mission Monday, Our Mission

In the winter of 2014, Gavin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at just six years old. He endured an intense nine months of induction therapy along with multiple admissions during his first year of treatment. We are thrilled to report that, while the journey has been long, today Gavin is in the maintenance phase of his care at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center!

Struggling to stay afloat

Before his diagnosis, both mom and dad worked full time and were living comfortably in Connecticut with Gavin and his younger sister. But his extended hospital stays have required both parents to take off long periods of time from work. Mom, Lindsay, does everything she can to keep her family afloat.

Last summer, they reached out to their social worker for help and were connected with Family Reach. We provided a grant that helped pay for their mortgage and cover some additional bills. This financial assistance brought a sense of much-needed relief to the family and ensured Gavin could continue his life-saving therapy.

The costs continue

Last summer’s grant helped Gavin’s family get back on track, but as Gavin nears the end of treatment, his family continues to struggle financially. Their social worker reached out to Family Reach for a second time and noted that, “This family is resilient, but in a tough spot.”

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Thanks to our partnership with the Anthony Rizzo Foundation, we were able to once again offer financial assistance to this family while they focus on their last few months of cancer treatment.

Upon hearing about this grant, Lindsay expressed her gratitude, “I could never possibly express how grateful and appreciative we are. This is an enormous help to us. Thank you from the absolute bottom of our hearts!”

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