Brooke Healey is a 4 year old girl from New Providence, NJ USA and has been diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called a DIPG. DIPG’s are considered the worst type of tumor in the worst possible location. The tumor resides in the Pons sack located at the top of the brain stem. The Pons is responsible for all vital functions and any attempt to operate and remove the tumor has been 100% fatal. Radiation will help to shrink the tumor temporarily, but will not stop it from growing.
The Healey family will be forced to seek alternative approaches to fight this battle on behalf of Brooke and will incur lofty medical expenses along the way. Since there is no clinically tested method of treating this tumor, other than the short term effects of radiation, insurance will not cover most of the costs of any treatments beyond radiation therapy.
In an attempt to find an answer for their daughter, the family will have to explore clinical trials and possibly look outside the United States. In either scenario, travel and medical expenses are estimated to build upwards of $200,000 or more.
We have set up a fund through the Heartworks Organization, a 510c-3 organization in Brooke's name. All donations are tax deductible. 100% of the donations raised through checks and 98% (2% credit card/paypal fee applied to online transactions) of online donations received will go directly to the care of Brooke Healey.
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