Stories of Hope: Jeremy & Ashley F.
We at the Me Fine Foundation feel incredible gratitude and privilege to provide a platform for families to share their stories of hope during their child’s medical crisis.
Thank you to Ashley and Jeremy F. for offering us a glimpse of their family’s experience during their 7-year-old son’s treatment for very high risk ALL Leukemia.
On February 5, 2019, our world was turned upside down. Our oldest child, Mason, was admitted to UNC and by the morning of February 6, 2019, we had a diagnosis of leukemia. As a military family without family close by, we had to scramble to find help for our other two children, Emma (3 years old) and William (then 8 weeks old), who were not allowed to be at the hospital. Treatment started immediately and somehow now we are already 7 months in. We have had several scheduled and several unplanned admissions along with countless ER & clinic visits. I (Ashley) had to quit my job as a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse at UNC as a result of Mason’s diagnosis, so finances have definitely changed.
Foundations like Me Fine have helped us more than we can ever put into words. We had just built a home and had a new baby and then to add a cancer diagnosis for one of our children, life seemed so overwhelming. But, with help, the impossible has been made possible and we are so thankful! With a cancer diagnosis, there are so many unknowns and you truly have to live just one day at a time so it is hard to know how to ask for help. When foundations like Me Fine step in, it truly takes a load off the entire family.
As Ashley shared, a child’s medical crisis is an overwhelming journey that affects every aspect of family life, from child care to finances to daily schedules. Yet the helping hand of a friend, a neighbor, or a community organization like Me Fine can ease those burdens.
This holiday season, we’re grateful to our supporters, who have allowed Me Fine to serve families like Ashley’s for over 15 years. Thank you for partnering with us to bring hope to families when they need it most.