In 2008, my daughter, Victoria, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, stage 4.Â She was accepted as a patient at Miami Childrenâ€™s Hospital, based on the fact that we had a $1 million medical insurance policy. However, when the tumor in Victoriaâ€™s left leg was obstructing the flow of lymphatic fluid, we took her to the emergency room, so that an MRI could be done. We had to pay a deposit of $7,000.
The treatment plan for Victoria was 54 weeks. We went every Monday and would wait 3 to 4 hours while MCH would speak with and obtain authorization for payment from the insurance company, and if we did not want to wait we would need to pay a deposit of $3,000.
With only a few weeks of finishing her treatment, the oncologist informed us that our insurance was used up and that we would not be able to finish Victoriaâ€™s treatment at MCH, because there were no charitable funds available.Â Our pleading fell to deaf ears.Â We could not believe this could ever happen.
We found ourselves in the street without treatment, with only a few weeks of therapy left!
I could not let Victoria die!
After receiving a phone number for Mrs. Lee Klein, in desperation, we asked for an appointment.Â Mrs. Klein welcomed us with respect and genuine interest in one thing — Victoriaâ€™s life.Â Victoria continued her treatments at the Childrenâ€™s Cancer Caring Center, where we were NEVER asked for any money.Â The CCCC gave my daughter a new chance at life!
Thank you Mrs. Klein and all of the generous people who make CCCC possible, and â€śCelebrateâ€ť the lives of our beautiful children.
Everyday we celebrate YOU!