You Can Help a Cancer Survivor with Hearing Loss d/t Chemotherapy

chemo side effectsI know a boy who happens to be a miracle. His name is Isaac Sneed. About 11 years ago he  started complaining about his “tummy”. You know, the kinds of complaints all kids have. Only his ache never went away. The diagnosis was  neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. This cancer is almost always fatal, and most children who get this kind of cancer are diagnosed by the age of 2.  By the time it is discovered, the cancer usually spreads to the point of no return. Through a miracle, his tumor was completely intact and the doctors were able to remove it. Isaac was 8.

As a result of his treatment (chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplant), Isaac suffers from significant hearing loss.  Ototoxicity is caused from the platinum in some anti-neoplastic drugs. Hearing loss is common following radiation therapy for head and neck cancer. Stem cell transplant risks include hearing loss.

Late effects of Cancer treatment
Isaac  just got his mission call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is going to the Romania Bucharest Mission and reports to the Mission Training Center on Dec. 14, 2011. Because Isaac needs hearing aids to be the best missionary he can be. Learning a new language is challenging for a normal missionary with a set of good ears, so you can imagine what Isaac’s challenge will be with significant hearing loss.

The cost of hearing aids is approximately $6500. His parents are currently without health insurance and cannot afford to purchase them. If you have a heart, and I know you do, would you please make a donation to get them for him. Every little bit helps. So far $110 has been collected in his behalf. But that’s a long way from the total we need. Even small amounts add up. You can go to any Chase bank and deposit funds. The account number is: 2996079725. Thank you for your generosity! If you prefer, your donation may remain anonymous.

By Betsy Love

Author Angela Morrison Gives Back

sing me to sleep coverThe first two parts of Angela Morrison’s M+L Forever Blog Tour at this site focused on her writing education and processes as well as her publications and marketing experiences. The week we will see how Angela is a great example of an author who gives back to her community. Margaret: With Sing Me to Sleep you support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). I’ve seen that you are a member of Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. You are a great example of a philanthropist. Why do you support these causes and do you support any other charitable organizations?

Angela: I donate to humanitarian relief and educational efforts around the world through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I often get approached by bloggers for signed books for literacy and other causes. A blogger in the Philippines held a huge auction to give to earthquake victims, and I donated books and critiques. I’m always happy to appear at fundraising events free of charge. [Read more…]