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His family could use your ideas.
At 22-months-old, Enzo Price started having daily fevers. His parents Zackery and Dominique couldn’t understand why.
“Doctors couldn’t figure it out either,” mom Dominique said. “After lots of hospital stays and appointments, they eventually ordered a bone marrow biopsy.”
Dominque says results showed JMML – Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia – a rare childhood cancer. That happens when too many myelocytes and monocytes (types of white blood cells) are produced from immature blood stem cells. Now, after 40-plus days in the hospital, multiple blood transfusions, and chemotherapy, little Enzo is waiting for his bone marrow transplant. It’ll hopefully be in June.
All that is exceptionally tough. But it's the following part of Dominque’s kind email that hit hardest:
“We live in Laurinburg, in Scotland County,” she said. “But because of his intense diagnosis and treatments, we’re always in Charlotte. It's now our ‘second home,' but two hours from our support network and friends. On top of that, all our family is in Michigan. Someone asked me if Enzo was one of your #MollysKids… that maybe you might know of some networking help? That's why I'm writing. Do you know of any connections to groups or families who might understand our current situation?"
Had to read that paragraph twice.
My first thought was the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, which I love.
I called Dominique to talk that idea through.
She said that was the first place they turned, but RMH Charlotte has a limit of five people per family. She and Zackery have four boys – Zackery (6), Kash (3), Enzo (now 2) and Antonio (7-months). They are a close family and travel together. With Enzo being in-and-out of the hospital there are many nights their family equals six and they’re too large to stay at RMH.
…do you have any ideas? Any specific suggestion on how to network Dominique and the Price family with some places to lean on while in Charlotte? If so, please comment below. Dominique will read it all. Or if you’d prefer, email me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll forward your note with your suggestions straight to her. (That’s the easiest way to get a personal and more private message in front of her.)
All legitimate ideas welcome. I am brainstorming too.
“Enzo is so brave and strong during each dreaded hospital stay, clinic visit, treatment, transfusion and testing,” Dominique said. “We’re so proud of him. We will get through this.”
Yes. You will, Dominique. We’ll try to help you.
**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there, which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.