Leslie Katich of the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation with Haylee Carl
RENO, NV - While young children with cancer face a daunting round of treatments, their families often face crushing financial and emotional challenges.
Three-year-old Haylee Carl, for instance, is receiving chemotherapy for the rare brain cancer she suffers from.
That means she must travel to the Bay Area every two or three weeks.
It's a schedule that puts tremendous pressure on her family. Full time caregiving, travel expenses, would stress any family's resources.
Fortunately the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation has taken some of that load.
"They help us with our other necessities," says Haylee's mom Ashley Carl. "Bills, rent, utilities. They've taken a lot of the stress off us. We wouldn't have made it without them."
"I'd like to say we could have made it," adds Haylee's grandfather, Dan Peesly. "but I'd be working two jobs. My wife would be working two jobs and we'd have little time left to be a family."
There are two younger children in the Carl family.
To offer this kind of help the Foundation holds annual fundraisers. They're winding up this year's efforts with a radiothon at Scheels at the Legends in Sparks and they are well short of their $100,000 goal.
They need volunteers and donations. You can call 1 (844) 886-6223 to find out how you can help.