Bravely fighting on

Name: Nevaeh
Age at diagnosis: 1 year
Diagnosis: Wilms tumor
How Family Reach helped: Grants to pay for a variety of important bills

When she was just 1 year old, Nevaeh Cole was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor, a rare pediatric kidney cancer. Since that time, she has undergone treatment at a major cancer center in the Northeast. Nevaeh’s battle against cancer is ongoing, with her most recent relapse occurring just a few months ago.

Upon learning of Nevaeh’s prognosis, her father left the family. Her mother, Stephanie, was left to manage the financial burden of cancer on her own. In order to care for her children during the day, she works overnight from 11 PM to 9 AM in a group home for the elderly. Stephanie quickly found the daily finances, coupled with Nevaeh’s medical expenses, to be unmanageable. Soon the Coles lost their apartment. Stephanie, Nevaeh, and her sister, Hailey, moved into the spare bedroom at a friend’s apartment. Though the living conditions are cramped, Stephanie is relieved to know that her daughters are with someone while she works through the night.

Family Reach has provided grants to help Stephanie pay a variety of important bills that accumulated during Nevaeh’s treatment. The family’s struggle continues as Stephanie and Hailey focus on providing love and comfort to Nevaeh as she bravely fights cancer.

Last update: July 31, 2014