Leah Wiebe Says Thank You As She Prepares For Cancer Treatment in USA
Terrace woman is thanking family, friends and total strangers for their help, as she prepares for potentially life-saving treatment against an extremely agressive form of leukemia that is threatening her life.
Twenty-nine-year-old Leah Wiebe and her family have been trying to raise the $650,000 deposit required by a cancer centre in Seattle Washington, where she's been approved to receive a new treatment called CAR-T Cell Therapy -- a procedure that just received the endorsement of the Food and Drug Administration in the United States.
Several fundraisers are being held in support of her family, and crowd-funding page on the "You Caring" website has raised over 280-thousand dollars.
Wiebe recorded a video from her hospital bed in Vancouver.
"How do you thank a million people for just loving you, even when they don't know you, or even more if they DO know you and they still love you?" she asked, adding "thank you so so much guys, you have no idea how overwhelming it is to see the love and support in a time when we just really couldn't do it on our own -- my prayer is that these blessings are poured out triple on your families and your households -- and I pray that this works."
The family announced on Facebook that the Health Ministry has approved funding for Wiebe's out-of-country medical expenses, and she will be in Seattle next week to begin the treatments.
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!!
This is just the beginning of Leah's journey to recovery. Please continue to give if you have the means.
This week Leah's father and a friend of the family contacted the BC Ministry of Health to work with the Ministry, the oncologist and the amazing team at the Fred Hutch Cancer Center in Seattle to find a solution for Leah's critical, time-sensitive need. Today (July 13th) the Ministry assembled an emergency committee to review Leah's case and at 1PM this afternoon they issued their approval to provide funding for out-of-country medical expenses for Leah while she is participating in the CAR-T therapy trial in Seattle.
Today Leah also received results from her lab work that indicated she is still eligible to participate in the trial and the family is now planning to travel to Seattle next week to begin the treatment.
While the government will cover her planned medical expenses for the CART-T trial, any emergency or unrelated medical expenses are NOT covered. Leah and her family will have to live in Seattle for a minimum of 3 months while she is enrolled in the trial. She is an outpatient during the trial; no living expenses are covered.
All indications are that once Leah completes the therapy she will need to return to Vancouver for a bone marrow transplant which requires a hospital stay of at least 6 weeks.
The treatment that Leah will be getting is revolutionary in the fight against cancer. One of the miracles that affected the decision of the Ministry of Heath to fund Leah's CAR-T treatment came just in time for Leah. In fact, it arrived yesterday (July 12th). The FDA unanimously endorsed CAR-T therapy. You can read about that in the article below.
Leah's recovery is the concerted focus of her family and as such they have almost no income and must rely on the generosity and support given others. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SUPPORTED LEAH THUS FAR!.