Nine-year-old cancer patient living in homeless shelter due to outstanding medical bills

April 7, 2015 Editorial Staff
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Nine-year-old Casey Bardowell and her mother, Tracy, have been living in a homeless shelter because they need to pay medical bills.

Diagnosed with pre-b Acute Lymphcytic Leukemia, Casey is a pediatric patient at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and her outstanding medical bills have forced her and her mother to give up their home.

While a bone marrow transplant has held the Leukemia at bay, Casey has been in intensive treatment for seven years to combat the  invasive and severe side effects of the illness.

Due to Casey’s medical condition, Tracy and Casey must remain near Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). The conditions of the shelter they are staying in are hazardous to Casey’s health.

Casey suffers from significant immunosuppression and has required hospital visits, including two long lasting stays of over ten months. Due to her chronic Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD), Casey has experienced multiple compression fractures of her vertebrae, vision changes due to cataracts, renal insufficiency, and respiratory airway disease among other issues. She has also had countless surgeries and continues to require ongoing physical therapy and occupational therapy services.

Proper living conditions are a necessity for Casey and her family. On average, Casey requires 30 – 40 medications doses per day in order to manage her numerous conditions.

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