Single Mom Fighting Brain Cancer

Submitted by: Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation

Malachi Dean is a 4 year old fighting Brain Cancer at Broward Health Medical Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Malachi is struggling with Brainstem Glioma and has endured intense chemotherapy, radiation and brain surgery over the past year. Malachi’s 23 year old single mother has remained by his side to comfort her only child during the frequent hospitalizations and necessary trips to St. Jude in Memphis, TN. This battle has required his mother to take a significant amount of unpaid time away from her job which has crippled them financially. The combined emotional and financial stress has been unrelenting … leaving the mother with only her prayers and hope to sustain them.

$5,000 would impact the life of this South Florida family during a dreadful time. The funds would help pay for the family’s basic needs so that they can focus on Malachi’s survival. The family needs urgent help paying for rent, food, gas, and utilities.

Plea from single mom:
I would never had imagined a day in my life as a 23 year old single mom that my little bundle of joy and best friend would be battling a life threatening disease. On April 16th 2013, I received the news that Malachi had a cancer mass on his brain stem. At that moment my world froze and everything was silent. I panicked, wasn’t eating, sleeping, just a lot of praying… at that time the only thing that I had was faith in God.
As months went by the hospital nurses would make me go home to bathe and since I could not work at that time, I was begging my landlord not to kick our belongings out. I would had rather lose everything and be homeless than to leave my little Malachi’s side. The Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation came to our rescue and helped pay my rent, lights and provided groceries so that we wouldn’t be hungry. I am now still far behind in my bills because I have to take a lot of time off work to take Malachi to his treatments including multiple trips to St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, TN.
I see other parent’s that have a good support system and realize how important that is. I just get teary eyed at times because I wish I had the same. I wish Malachi’s Dad would be a part of all we are going through. I wish I had someone to tell me everything is going to be okay. But all I have is my prayers, hope and faith.
Muriel Miller

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