22-month-old Nolan, just beginning his life, suddenly battling a very rare case of cancer…

22-month-old Nolan, just beginning his life, suddenly battling a very rare case of cancer…

Meet the Day Family… a Jamie’s Hope Angel Tree Family: Misty and Greg, are true Texas born high-school sweethearts. They met at age 16, became fast friends, started dating a year later, attended college together and married a couple of years after graduating. They both worked hard in school and in their careers to set the foundation for the family they planned to build together. In 2009, they welcomed their first son, Carson, to the world and in 2012 they were blessed with their second miracle, Nolan. In August of 2013, they bought a brand new home and moved to Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, TX so that their boys could attend great schools. However they remain active members at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, which they have attended since 2009. They could be seen most weekends playing outside with their friends, with big friendly smiles and waves to those who passed by. On April 10th, their plans came to a halt as Greg and Misty received the news that every parent fears; their sweet 22-month old son, Nolan, was diagnosed with Cancer (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma). His case is extremely rare for children his age. Thus, he was put through rigorous testing prior to the diagnosis – including a lymph node biopsy, two CT scans, a bone marrow aspiration, three spinal taps, a PET scan, antibiotics and various blood tests. They were overwhelmed and exhausted! Their lives have been turned completely upside-down! This has caught them emotionally and financially off-guard. Although they have medical insurance, it does not cover the entirety of the costs that they will incur in the 2+...
Single mom, Michelle, was diagnosed with Melanoma in August of 2012; a battle she continues to fight.

Single mom, Michelle, was diagnosed with Melanoma in August of 2012; a battle she continues to fight.

Meet the Swaim Family… A Jamie’s Hope Angel Tree Family Michelle currently resides with her aunt and uncle in Willis TX. She is staying with family so that she can be closer to MD Anderson treatment facilities. She is unable to work at the present time due to the fact that she would lose what little benefits she is able to obtain for her medical expenses. She has had three surgeries to remove lymph nodes under her arm, neck, and head. She has little range of motion with her right arm and awaiting physical therapy. Her chemo started April of 2014, with radiation treatments from Nov 2012- Dec 2012. Her next visit is scheduled for the first week of December- where more scans will be taken. She currently is taking chemo pills and hoping that the spot that has appeared on her lung will be gone. She still has a cyst under her arm that will need to be removed but nothing has been scheduled so far. She has two children, a son and a daughter. Her son resides in San Antonio. Her daughter is a teen who has struggled to deal with her mother’s diagnosis and constant care.  Join us Thursday, Dec. 4th from 6-9pm as we raise funds to help struggling Houston area families who are battling cancer. Event details and donation options here:...
14-yr-old Estela, diagnosed in 2012 with a blood fungus (Leukemia) is in and out of the hospital with a very weak immune system…

14-yr-old Estela, diagnosed in 2012 with a blood fungus (Leukemia) is in and out of the hospital with a very weak immune system…

Meet the Gomez Family… a Jamie’s Hope Angel Tree Family Estela was first diagnosed in 2012 with Leukemia. When she received her 1st chemo treatment, she had a reaction and got fungus in her blood. She became so ill that she was admitted to ICU for about a month. She was then readmitted for a full six months. This has been really challenging for the family with only one parent, her father, Genaro, working. He works in construction and has been in and out of work. Their family lives far from the hospital and have to travel back and forth a lot for routine treatments, including doing daily chemotherapy via pills and monthly intravenous Chemotherapy.  She is being treated at Texas Children’s and has to go there every 2 weeks to check her count. Their family struggles, but still maintain a hopeful outlook. They are a family of six, including mom, Gloria, father, Genaro, Isabel (15), Estela (14), Gloria (7) and Raphael (3). Join us Thursday, Dec. 4th from 6-9pm as we raise funds to help struggling Houston area families who are battling cancer. Event details and donation options here:...
5-year-old Alex had always been a very happy, sweet and crazily active little boy… that was until he was no longer able to walk and now battling for his life.

5-year-old Alex had always been a very happy, sweet and crazily active little boy… that was until he was no longer able to walk and now battling for his life.

Meet the Mendoza Family… a Jamie’s Hope Angel Tree Family: On March 26th of this year, Alex began complaining of pain in his legs. At first they thought it was due to him jumping off of his brother, Christian’s, bunk bed. They took him into orthopedics thinking he had an injury and found he was perfectly fine… at least that’s what the orthopedic said. They went home and called his pediatrician. Two weeks later, Alex couldn’t even walk. His legs continuously got worse and bruises began to appear. His pediatrician told them to come back in and 3 days later, they were told that Alex had Acute Lymphoid Leukemia (Philadelphia positive). Due to a blood based fungal infection, he and his family had to stay in the hospital for 6 straight months. On top of this, just one month after Alex’s diagnosis, their home was burglarized and everything was stolen. All of their electronics (TVs, X-box, tablets, and more) along with the kids’ games; the only entertainment they had with Alex due to his limited physical abilities. 5 months later they were finally able to go home and have been in and out of the hospital since. Since his diagnosis their lives have changed forever. Their sweet boy has had to undergo painful after painful procedure and it breaks their hearts as parents to see him cry and having to hold him so that he can get pokes and medicine. Alex is truly inspiring to them. Despite all he’s been through, he still always smiles and plays and loves people. They are very proud of him. Although they are...
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Christmas help needed for families battling cancer!!!

Christmas help needed for families battling cancer!!!

Christmas help needed for families battling cancer!!!  Please read stories, I have included links below. I want to share with everybody why our Angel Tree program was established. Last year (June 2012) I started chemo, over time the chemo gradually wore on me making many things in life more challenging.  I somehow made it through our foundation’s first event last year (Oct. 2012) and then the holidays were right around the corner.  In November I ended up in the hospital with a blood clot, had multiple infections, extreme fatigue, nausea, severe stomach issues, high fevers, etc….  Basically it is like you have the flu almost every day of your life (side effects vary depending on treatment).  Last winter God opened my eyes for the first time during my 17 years of battling cancer. I finally truly understood what this disease does to people and their families.  All my life I never could understand why people chose to give up their fight against cancer, but I now understood (first 3 times I had cancer it was surgery and radiation only).  Cancer is an everyday battle and from one day to the next you don’t know what to expect.  Without my family I don’t know that I would have the strength to fight this. I went from superwoman to super sick and last year was the first time I couldn’t do it all.  For Christmas we normally had 25-50 people over, our tree went up the weekend after thanksgiving, entire house was decorated the same weekend, every person that was with us for Christmas received a gift, everything wrapped like it came from a department store, etc… And last year...