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Meet Jack – Leukemia Warrior

""We are grateful that the NCCS has helped us out in this time of need... It gives us one less thing to worry about." - Jack's mom

When Jack was born with an elevated number of white blood cells, doctors thought antibiotics would quickly lower them to a normal level. But, when that was unsuccessful, additional tests were run until they confirmed the worst. At just four days old, little Jack was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He was immediately transferred from his local hospital to University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas – two and a half hours away from his home. Jack has been receiving round-the-clock care since he was only one week old and undergone chemotherapy, spinal taps, bone marrow biopsies, two port placements and nasogastric feeding tubes. Although Jack is still in treatment, his mom Jessica said “…our entire family maintains a positive outlook…”

With one parent staying by Jack’s side and the other travelling back and forth to his treatment center, additional expenses quickly accrued. Jack’s family reached out to the NCCS and the organization’s Travel Assistance Fund was able to help with their travel expenses. In addition, they received support from the Emergency Assistance Fund for other unanticipated expenses. “We are grateful that the NCCS has helped us out is this time of need,” said Jessica. “It gives us one less thing to worry about.”