To the loving friends and community of Tracy, Shai, Noa, Ellie, and Abby Ades,
We are writing today to share some unimaginable news and to request your support of this most beloved family, as they have an immense journey ahead of them.
On March 23, Tracy and Shai Ades’ daughter Abigail (Abby) was admitted to Rady’s Children’s Hospital of San Diego, and has unfortunately, not been able to come home since. Abby has been diagnosed with Stage 3 lymphoma. She is only 18 months old.
The Ades family’s world was flipped upside down in an instant. For a little over a week, Abby had been suffering from a persistent fever paired with a lingering rash, but her diagnosis – which came after a week of painful and invasive tests- was every family’s worst nightmare.
Abby has an aggressive, fast-growing large cell anaplastic lymphoma. It has spread extensively throughout her throat, chest, lungs, abdomen, spleen and pelvis. At this time, it does not appear to have spread to her bone marrow, brain or spinal cord, a sliver of good news. The next weeks and months will be unimaginably difficult for this family, and we are writing you today in hopes that we can come together as a community to help them.
For the next 8-9 months, Abby will undergo a vigorous cycle of chemotherapy that will require her to be admitted to the hospital for close monitoring for seven days (or longer), every two weeks. In the weeks when she is home, the family’s life will remain essentially on pause because Abby is now significantly immunocompromised. At this time, Abby is not eating solid foods, so Tracy, who has slept in the hospital nearly every night since her diagnosis, is now separated from her two older daughters and breastfeeding Abby as much as possible to give her nourishment and comfort. Shai is shuttling between the hospital and home, continuing to care for Noa and Ellie, and also still working to oversee the family’s business, Green Living.
This family needs our help. The financial impact of this crisis will be deep. There will be significant medical bills that will go far beyond what their insurance will cover. And in addition to medical costs, there are now many new and pressing needs that this family could never have planned for. These costs will include emergency childcare as Tracy and Shai attempt to maintain a semblance of normalcy for big sisters Noa and Ellie. There will also be costs for non-covered medical equipment, services, and supplies needed for little Abby. Funds for housekeeping, meal prep and mental health and self-care resources will provide immense support for Tracy and Shai, and allow them to focus their energy where it is most needed- on supporting and caring for Abby as she fights this vicious disease.
The toll the past weeks have taken on Tracy and Shai, Noa and Ellie, cannot be expressed in a simple note. The coming months will be dark and uncertain for them. But the love and support of our community has given them strength and comfort, and will continue to do so as they navigate this extremely challenging time.
If you are in a position to give financially, your kindness and compassion will be deeply appreciated.
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