Gabe just celebrated his 6th birthday on December 1, 2015. Gabe lives with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. He walks with AFO braces on his legs and with crutches.
Gabe is an amazing, kind- hearted little boy who is always smiling … even through pain. You will fall in love with Gabe at first site! His biggest passion is music and performing for people. His favorite artist is Katy Perry; he sings her music every day on his home stage with little brother Nicholas.
Gabe is in physical, speech and occupational therapy. He requires treatments every few months to relieve the spasticity in his legs as his bones and muscles grow. He’s been under anesthesia 14 times for procedures and had 3 major surgeries thus far. Doctors predict that Gabe will need hip surgery, femur correction, and multiple tendon lengthening surgeries until he is done growing.
Stem cell therapy is known to heal the brain and body and would save Gabe from having so many procedures/surgeries in the future. After years of researching stem cell treatments for CP and witnessing the amazing progress other children have had, the family is ready to take the leap of getting Gabe stem cells followed by hyperbaric oxygen therapy. One of the best doctors to do this type of therapy is in Arizona. The procedures are not covered by insurance.
Elizabeth is a spunky, talented and powerful, 13 year old. She is a true beauty, inside and out! What seemed like some growing pains or just a “dancing” accident kept causing pain. After trying some ibuprofen and physical therapy to work it out, it was decided to go ahead and get an MRI to see what was going on. Then on July 2nd, the Cameron family got the news that Elizabeth’s mass on her hip was malignant – ewing sarcoma.
Recently, Elizabeth underwent surgery to remove the tumor. Unfortunately that means removing her hip with no replacement. But she continues to amaze us as she moves through this journey as a powerful, amazing, warrior.
Please consider donating to help support the Cameron family…
Landon is 10 years old and an only child; he lives in Anthem. Landon’s mom is a single parent working full time.
Landon has a motility disorder of his lower colon, IGG primary immune deficiency, CFTR dysfunction, and malabsorption and is monitored by the cystic fibrosis clinic. He also has a cecostomy tube to help his colon to work and a central line. Landon’s medical issues have become so severe in the past two years that he is no longer able to attend school and play football with his team the Saber cats like he loved due to his port and tube placement. Recently his hospitalizations have become longer, 20+ days, and his health issues have become more complex. The doctors want Landon to go to a specialty clinic at Boston Children’s as they believe that they may be able to help provide answers.
But illness does not define Landon. He is very outgoing and will talk your ear off if you let him. He likes Pokemon, Minecraft, dragons and the Seattle Seahawks. Landon loves playing sports including football, baseball, and soccer.
Landon was hospitalized for over 23 days. Currently, Landon has been accepted to a specialty clinic in Boston. The expense of travel is tough on Landon and his mom.
Donations are needed at this time for medical travel expenses to a specialty clinic in Boston. PLEASE, send donations, cards, gifts, notes, drawings and fun stuff to Landon at We Care c/o Landon, 3655 West Anthem Way Ste A-109 PMB280, Anthem, AZ 85086.
Jordan Calderon, a super fun, tough-as-nails, adorable little girl with grade 2/3 brain cancer. Jojo is a fighter!
She will melt your heart with her huge smile. Talk to her for a few minutes and you will learn that she is 10 years old, loves music, crafts, animals, cooking, watching cooking shows and the colors pink and purple. When she grows up she wants to be a “doctor for kids, a mommy and a chef”.
In May 2015, Jojo was taken to the hospital with what seemed to be a persistent headache. Upon the completion of a head CT, a large mass was found in the middle of her brain. She was quickly moved to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she would receive the rest of her care. A procedure was done to relieve the pressure of the fluid around the tumor as well as take several biopsies.
She underwent invasive surgery in attempts to remove the majority of her tumor. Some of the tumor was be left behind because it resides in a part of Jojo’s brain where the neurosurgeons can’t go. Jojo receives a strong dose of chemotherapy monthly at PCH. The chemo makes her terribly sick and wipes her out completely.
Jojo’s most recent scan showed the tumor growing. Jojo has been accepted for a trial program in LA which will require monthly travel but be less harsh on Jojo’s little body. Mom, Raquel, is a single parent, working at a local restaurant and trying desperately to make ends meet while being there for Jojo’s needs.
Please, help this family with a donation! To follow this little fighter’s story visit Jojo’s Journey
Aidan Hanson is a spunky, charming, goofy and amazing 9 year old boy fighting an unknown gastric motility disorder, atypical cystic fibrosis, hypogammaglobinemia and chronic pain.
When Aidan was born he was only 5lbs 7oz., a tiny little bundle. In the first two years of his life he was diagnosed with failure to thrive, and hypogammaglobinemia (a primary immune deficiency). At the age of two (although he had many hospitalizations prior) Aidan went into the emergency room and was diagnosed with an intussecepcion that required abdominal surgery. He healed well and for a while, although skinny, things turned around and he began growing.
In 2014, Aidan was in and out of the hospital. He could hold nothing down. By September 2014, Aidan was admitted to the hospital for extreme vomiting episodes and a weight of 42 pounds. He was diagnosed with Pyloric Stenosis which is practically unheard of in an older child and given an NG tube. Four days later he was admitted again; after spending 41 days in the hospital Aidan was discharged with a GJ tube for feedings. He was also diagnosed with Atypical Cystic Fibrosis. Aidan is being followed by a cardiologist for minor heart conditions, orthopedics for minor hip deformity and slight curve to spine and neurology for debilitating headaches and hypotonia (low muscle tone). He currently can only take liquids and soft foods, has a Port and has been hospitalized at least once every month. Aidan is unable to go to school and he no longer is able to play baseball.
In October, Aidan traveled to a clinic in Boston – Aidan had a successful trip to Boston for medical answers. The doctors were able to give his mom some much needed explanations and new medicines. Aidan is eating and even got to swim in the pool…a first for over a year.
Please consider a donation to Aidan to assist with the mounting medical bills. To learn more about Aidan and follow his fight Click Here.
Sarah Vander Meulen
Sarah Vander Meulen is an amazing 4 year old girl with a rare genetic condition called Chromosome 18 Deletion Syndrome which causes Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome. This has caused Sarah many medical challenges. She was hospitalized for close to 14 months in her first 27 months of life. During that time, she had 13 surgeries, including open heart and 4 brain surgeries.
Although Sarah has been through so much, she remains a happy, sweet girl. Sarah has some disadvantages, such as she is unable to sit on her own, roll over, walk, or talk. She has medical issues, a trach, shunt and is fed by a tube 21 hours per day. She battles infections every few months and has seizures. Even with her challenges, the family stands in faith that God is doing miraculous things through Sarah. Her infectious laugh and gentle heart will melt you!
The family was in need of a wheelchair van and lift to make Sarah safer and more comfortable as well as their lives a little easier. We Care with the partnership of local businesses, nonprofits, residents and loved ones, purchased a wheelchair van and lift for Sarah.
It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Katie Wagner’s passing. The Lord called her home on September 17, 2013 at 11:45pm after a long and courageous fight against Rhabdomyosarcoma. She is now pain-free and surrounded by the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding. Read about Katie’s fight @ www.welovekatie.com
“I believe that everyone can be happy. I dream that nobody harmed anybody. I try and make the world a better place. I hope I am making a difference. I am gentle but strong” – Tyler Hallsey
On February 8, 2013 Tyler Hallsey was diagnosed with Pontine Glioma which is a tumor surrounding the brain stem.
On June 13, 2014 the community of Anthem said goodbye to our superman, Tyler Hallsey. He fought hard and made a difference!
Special Events & Fundraisers: To raise donations, We Care hosts or supports a variety of events and fundraisers, including silent auctions, and golf tournaments.
We are comforted to know that this community of family & friends reaches out to support each other in a time of need. The small community of Anthem, Arizona helps to provide for those around them in time of need – especially the children. If any of us can help a child in crisis, even just a little bit, it can make all the difference in the life of that child. Even small donations add up. There are several ways to get involved.
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