In November, after a visit to the doctor for what seemed to be a normal tummy ache and vomiting, 7 year old Neriah was misdiagnosed with Mononucleosis (mono). Her parents, Mike and Ame, knew there was something doctors missed. Unfortunatley, they were right. In March, Neriah was diagonsed with Anaplastic Ependymoma Cancer, Grade 3 which is a brain tumor. A brain tumor that got as big as two plums, wrapped around her spinal cord. Neriah underwent a successful surgery to remove 98% of the tumor--but her road to recovery is not over.
Neriah is a brave and strong little girl who is creative, loves to draw, play basketball, read and do all things little girls love to do. Neriah is the third of six children—a middle child who is the glue holding the Asuega family together and a role model who her younger sisters look up to.
True to her biblical name, she is without a doubt ‘the light’. Always letting her warm light glow, her smile hides the pain she is in. This little girl is mature in so many ways. She puts her family first, always making sure mommy, daddy and her sisters and brother are ok.
But right now, her life is put on hold to fight this horrible disease. She must stop playing basketball, stop being a care free kid, and stop enjoying summer – to be fighter.
Luckily, Neriah’s faith in God is stronger than cancer. That’s why we know she will win this battle.
So, our plea starts here. Along with the heartache of watching their baby girl go through pain and rigorous radiation, Mike and Ame also have to worry about expensive medical cost, taking time off work and care for their other five children. Mike and Ame’s focus should solely be on Neriah’s recovery and providing stability for their 6 children, not finding ways to pay for medical treatment.
Neriah and the Asuega family have a long road ahead. Your monetary donation will provide them with a little peace of mind knowing treatment and the medical bills will be one less thing they have to worry about. We know they would greatly appreciate it.
If you can’t donate at this time, please say a prayer for our sweet Neriah.