There is nothing like being a parent for the first time, except maybe being a grandparent for the first time. For Summer’s family, it was firsts all around – first time parents (Bob and Gina) and grandparents on both sides. Summer brought joy to her new family, but that great joy was coupled with sadness as well. Right before a regularly scheduled well visit, Bob noticed a protrusion in his daughter’s stomach. This led to immediate ultrasounds, CAT scans, and blood samples – all of which led to the discovery of hepatoblastoma (liver cancer).
Chemotherapy started quickly, and Summer has recently completed her second round of treatment. Despite being poked and prodded, 9-month old Summer remains a trooper – delighting nurses and doctors with her seemingly permanent smile.
Despite the excellent care Summer is receiving at NY Presbyterian Hospital, trips into the city from New Jersey are definitely taking their toll. Bob and Gina are planning to move in with family in order to avoid mortgage costs and, more importantly, receive much needed assistance in Summer’s care as they return to work.
Recently, Summer has been making the attempt to walk – always a major moment in a child’s life and a huge source of pride for parents. We want to help make sure Summer and her family experience many more moments even bigger than this one.
Your donation can help us share a bit of happiness, hope, and comfort in the lives of Summer and families like hers. Please consider a donation to Five Fathers Children’s Charity.