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Bringing Hope by Making Treatment Possible

Elijah Talley was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma in August of 2005 when he was just four years old. After nearly a year of high-dose chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and radiation, Elijah's horrible disease returned. His family made the difficult decision to seek treatment 1,200 miles from their home. 
 
Traveling great distances to seek out advanced treatment options is not uncommon for families who have a child battling a form of “rare” childhood cancer for which treatment options are limited. The sad reality is that the challenges that come with traveling so far often make it impossible for many families; the expenses are incredibly overwhelming. 
 
One of the CFC-supported organizations stepped in to help Elijah’s family by providing gas cards, hotel rooms and covering other travel expenses. They also helped make detailed travel plans to lift that burden from the Talley family. 
 
The Talley family has spent the past four years making these 1,200 mile trips for treatment every few months. Thankfully, the treatment is working and Elijah continues to thrive while fighting a horrible disease. Elijah’s mother credits the CFC-supported charity with saving her son’s life. She explains that, without this assistance, the family would not have had the means to get Elijah to treatment.
 

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