With his four-year-old brother, mom and dad by his side, two-year-old Apollo was equipped with a strong support system when he was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia in 2015. His parents sought care at a nearby community hospital before transferring to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital for a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, Apollo’s post-transplant course was fraught with complications. This resulted in extensive hospital stays and countless appointments.


A family in need

Prior to his son’s diagnosis, Apollo’s father was the building manager of their apartment complex. The family lived rent-free up until the building’s recent acquisition. Apollo’s dad was laid off from his job, forcing them to find a new place to call home and a new source of income. The family was extremely concerned about their financial stability, especially as the holidays approached. They connected with Family Reach through their hospital social worker. Our community was able to step in and provide financial relief at a critical time in their cancer journey.

“We are thankful from the bottom of our hearts,” says Apollo’s family.

Thanks to our dedicated Hope for the Holidays donors, Apollo’s family received assistance to help ease the extra financial burden this difficult time of year carries.