So young and yet she’s unable to enjoy regular playtime with fellow children.
Jennifer Allen Friales, a 9-year-old Filipino girl who suffers from a rare face cancer called Ewing Sarcoma, is in dire need of a specialized treatment — and someone has taken notice of her devastating predicament and given her hope!
“Maya’s Hope”, an organization that helps give hope to disadvantaged children living in poverty initiated a photo campaign for Allen. The group went around NYC taking pictures of passersby and tourists who want to support and give hope to Allen. It aims to raise awareness through photos of individuals holding or posing before Allen’s birthday picture to be posted on its Facebook page.
In New York City on Tuesday, March 28, several people participated to have their pictures taken despite the rain. Many were moved and some were even brought to tears as they posed for photos with the portrait of Allen for her birthday, according to the volunteer photographer, Kristin Boncher.
“It was pouring rain out so I was surprised and moved by how many people were willing to help us with our project to raise awareness for Jennifer Allen. Somehow busy New Yorkers, business men, artists, tourists, bicycle delivery men, moms with kids all stopped to listen and help. It was quite moving to see the photographs when I got home of all the different people and in this very divisive time politically,” she told ABC News.
The organization said the patient needs a specialized treatment that only US hospitals can provide. She needs to be brought to the US and get immediate medical care so she can live and still celebrate her birthday next year.
Allen just turned 9 last March 27. “We hope that our photo project will help bring attention to our little princess so that she can get treatment in America. She is currently battling Ewing’s Sarcoma,” it reads.
She is receiving treatment in the Philippines; however, not enough to suffice her access to proper health care because they cannot afford it. It was also noted in the “Maya’s Hope” Facebook page that she was even rejected twice by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Eventually, through the help of the organization she was able to get a chemotherapy in the country but she still needs to have a surgery that can only be administered in the US.
Ewing’s Sarcoma is a very rare type of cancer that usually grows in your bones or the soft tissue around your bones in the legs or arms, such as cartilage or the nerves but involvement of the bones in the face is unusual like that of Allen’s case which left her with severe facial abnormalities; Dr. Steven DuBois a pediatric oncologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center said.
Let us help bring hope to Jennifer Allen Friales by sharing the photos on “Maya’s Hope” Facebook page to inspire US-based doctor to give her free medical treatment.
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