Tyler and Elisabeth Fish and their children are going through an extraordinarily emotional and financially draining experience and are in need of help. I hope their story will touch your heart as it did mine, and inspire you to help this family enjoy many years to come.
Natalie (8) has been ill since she was 2, seeing doctors and specialists of every kind to diagnose and treat her numerous maladies. Alice (2) began to display similar symptoms and the doctors finally discovered the cause of their illnesses. Natalie and Alice were diagnosed with an extremely rare condition called Leaky SCID (Severe Combined Immune Deficiency). As its name implies, the infection attacks the immune system causing it to fail completely.
There is a treatment for Leaky SCID that is known to have a 90% success rate, but it requires chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.If left untreated, Natalie and Alice would not likely survive. Both girls will undergo chemotherapy prior to their transplants and then will be quarantined in the hospital for approximately 2 months. Once home, they will require similar quarantine conditions for several more months, and Tyler and Lisy will also be under quarantine conditions themselves.
The family’s financial needs far exceed their current resources. Tyler is not able to work during this time and they will therefore be in need of continued financial assistance in 2012. To help the Fish family, we are hoping to raise the funds needed to help cover these extraordinary expenses and to help them through this difficult experience.