Oliver was diagnosed with multifocal Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a rare cancer, as a baby in 2011. He completed treatment in 2013, but sadly relapsed only three years later. Now bravely facing chemotherapy for a second time, this witty seven year old is determined to continue doing what he loves most – going to school, playing video games and hanging out with his cousins.
Oliver’s cancer diagnosis has taken a severe financial toll on his family. His parents were unable to sustain their jobs due to their son’s initial treatment needs. They lost their home and car and depleted their savings trying to stay afloat.
The family’s situation improved slightly when mom Shannan was able to return to work, but they still struggled to afford basics like groceries. Buying new clothes and shoes for school was out of the question.
The family’s journey took another unexpected turn when Shannan was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2014. She has since completed treatment but is permanently disabled due to nerve damage from her treatments and is unable to work.
Oliver continues to receive chemotherapy at a hospital 300 miles away. Travel expenses have become a huge monthly expense, and Oliver’s dad, David, works several jobs to try to keep up. The family knows times are tough, but it really hit home when Oliver’s one wish from Santa was for new underwear.
Oliver’s family received a grant covering several car payments thanks to the generosity of our supporters. The assistance was a great relief to this courageous family, who has become as close as ever through these difficult times. We are honored to have them in our community and keep them in our thoughts as they continue to fight!
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