Providing timely supportFamily Reach has been helping patients and their families combat CRFT for more than 22 years. Cancer patients are 65% more likely to foreclose on their homes five years following a diagnosis. During both of Michael’s relapses, Family Reach provided a grant that covered the family’s mortgage and allowed the Longos to stay in their home. This gave Michael the peace of mind he needed to focus on his treatment, knowing his family had a roof over their heads. “After the multiple relapses, we quickly hit a breaking point and were concerned about affording Michael’s treatment, while paying for our basic bills, housing, and necessities,” share Michael and Leslie. “What Family Reach does is amazing! Their network of donors and social workers helped our family so much.”
One day at a timeMichael has proven his strength and courage time and time again. In April 2017, he relapsed for a 3rd time. He had a stem cell transplant at this time. In March 2018, Michael was put in a clinical trial, which was considered a failure because his 6-month scan showed disease. He was then put on medication that gave him remission but resulted in extreme side effects, also known as Stephens Johnson Syndrome. “His fingernails and toenails have all fallen off which has been extremely painful. They are bleeding often and it’s significantly impacting his mobility.” shares Leslie. “The rash still covers his body and he is currently on mediation to control and clear the symptoms. His scan will be coming up soon. We are hoping and praying for a long remission this time.” The Longos have endured years of uncertainty together, but their unwavering love for one another and hope for the future will continue to bring light into these dark days. “I just take it one day at a time,” says Michael. “I soak in every moment with my kids and my wife.” Watch the Longos share more about their cancer journey.
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