Seeking help from others during a difficult time, a friend of South Carolina family, the Flemings, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise funds for the child’s expensive treatment against lymphoma.
According to TODAY, Josh and Joanna Fleming took their three children to do humanitarian work on the island of Cyprus. Upon leaving the United States, the whole family was healthy and happy.
During the first night on the island, three-year-old Gabriel woke up screaming and the family discovered a lump on his leg. Finally, after weeks of testing, they discovered that the little boy had lymphoma. With that diagnoses came sad news that he wouldn’t make it through the night.
With very limited funding and medical bills continuing to pile up, the Flemming family focused mainly on getting Gabriel home for the proper treatment. With help from Joanna’s college friend, Leigh Essig, a crowdfunding campaign was set up to raise $100,000.
The campaign reads, “For many years, the Flemings devoted their lives to providing humanitarian aid in North Africa and the Middle East. Seven weeks ago, these South Carolina natives learned the devastating news that their son was critically ill with Lymphone. On July 9th, Gabriel and his family returned home to the United States, but they still own substantial medical bills from Gabriel’s treatment in Cyprus.”
Since its launch, the campaign has raised $99,001 from over 460 backers. Supporters of Gabriel can view his progress on Caring Bridge.
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