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November 3, 2014

Re Carrie-Lynn Grazette

My daughter Carrie-Lynn was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) when she was 11 years old. She had just entered the top school on the island and had a lot of promise for her life when this devastating news broke. I need not say how my husband and I felt as anyone getting this type of news with children can well imagine. We quickly learnt that even though treatment by way of chemotherapy could be started in where we live in Barbados, the hospital there could not give her the ultimate treatment which was a Bone Marrow Transplant.

We ventured to New York in search of help and despite having USD$500k worth of insurance, we could not get any hospital there to accept her. After much effort, many failed attempts by persons who were all trying their best to help us and her rapidly failing health, God paved the way for us to get to St Jude in Memphis Tennessee. We spent an entire year at St. Jude and September 19th marked two years in remission after having two Bone marrow transplants. (First one failed)

We are back in Memphis again as she has developed further complications for which her St. Jude doctors are saying she needs to have a kidney transplant and a lung transplant. These complications came through her chemotherapy treatment and developing what they call Graft versus host disease (GVHD). This treatment is not offered at St Jude and although they are trying their best to assist us, they advised us that we will need transportation. They have made contact with St. Louis Children’s in Missouri which specializes in lung Transplants and St. Jude has agreed that they will foot the bill for her care there (God Bless St. Jude). They have informed us however that in order to keep their costs down, we will have to live in Memphis and drive to St Louis (About 4 hours) for her check-ups once her initial surgery is finished and she is stable. This requires reliable transportation in order that we can keep her safe.

Since coming to Memphis we have not been able to afford a vehicle which limits our moving around to the use of the hospital shuttle which takes us from St Jude housing to the hospital each day. Our income is extremely limited as we continue to have mortgage payments back in Barbados.

We have also been told that we will be here a few years given the seriousness of the operations that she must have, as they are not confident of the type of care she will be able to get if a crisis should occur if we are back in Barbados.

We are therefore asking for assistance in purchasing a vehicle to enable us to get back and forth from Memphis to St Louis. We will get assistance from the hospital for gas to make the trip back and forth, but maintenance of the vehicle and insurance will be our cost. We are therefore hopeful that we can purchase a vehicle that is no older than 5 years so that maintenance can be at a minimum and reliability on the highway will

CARRIE-LYNN GRAZETTE, Barbados’ 2011 Junior Monarch, has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  This is an appeal to aid the Grazette family as they face new medical challenges for 14 year old Carrie-Lynn as she battles complications of her fight against Leukemia.  These two documents from the Grazette family and the Barbados Cancer Association provides more details.  Donations can be mailed to the Barbados Association of Atlanta, P.O. Box 1411, Atlanta, GA 30072.

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