I am very pleased to announce that the Enduring Waves Foundation has selected 5 year old Isabella Allred as the beneficiary of our 2014 fundraising efforts.
Isabella is a five year old from Polson, Montana. In August of 2013 Isabella was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This news was particularly hard given that just one and a half months earlier, Isabella's cousin was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma.
Isabella is roughly eight months into her two and a half year treatment to fight this cancer. Her treatment has required two lengthy stays in Spokane amounting to four months. The other four months has required trips back and forth to Spokane every other week for treatments. While the next stage of her treatment will involve a different schedule, Isabella will continue to require trips to Spokane for her treatment.
Our fundraising this year will specifically be used to pay any medical expenses not covered by insurance, travel for treatment and associated expenses. The foundation also hopes to assist with the purchase of a softer bed for Isabella. The chemotherapy causes ISabella's joints to hurt and she complains her bed hurts her body even worse because it is so hard. A softer bed would hopefully ease with some of this pain.
While Isabella's mom works full time, when Isabella got sick, her dad had to quit his job. The financial difficulties of relying on one income while traveling so often for treatment have placed additional stress on this family. The Enduring Waves Foundation hopes to offer some peace of mind to the Allred's by easing some of this financial stress.
My swim for Isabella will take place September 5-6 in Flathead Lake, Montana (weather permitting), but our campaign for donations starts NOW. :) So click on the "donate now" button to the right to donate money for Isabella!