Leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells called “blasts". Leukemia is a broad term covering a spectrum of diseases. In turn, it is part of the even broader group of diseases affecting the blood, bone marrow, and lymphoid system, which are all known as hematological neoplasms. Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens, accounting for almost one out of three cancers. But the good news is that if detected in time it is curable. That is what is keeping the flame of hope alive for a family from the Corozal District, whose loved one, a two year old baby girl, is currently undergoing chemotherapy for Leukemia in Guatemala. Reporter Victor Castillo has the story.


Tonight a family in Corozal Town are trying to gather as much funds possible to keep providing Chemotherapy to their two year old baby that is in for a long battle against Cancer. Victor Castillo has the story.


Victor Castillo – Reporting


Screen_Shot_2014-01-03_at_6.48.57_PMMeet two year old Nichol Raquel Pinkney, better known as baby Nikki, who is currently hospitalized at one of the cancer centers in Guatemala. She is expected to remain there for the next six weeks as she undergoes chemotherapy to battle leukemia a deadly type of cancer.


In order to provide Nikki with necessary treatment, her family members here at home are doing everything possible to raise funds. It is a sad story indeed; after all, we are talking about a two year old who is full of life despite her medical condition. Today when we spoke to the child’s grandmother she gave us a rundown of her medical history, her condition and even told us what all the family has been doing to assist the two year old in defeating the dreadful disease. 

Rosa Maria Lizama Pinkney – Grandmother


“She started with an infection in her ears and it end being that she has cancer, leukemia, she is in Guatemala now and she has been there for three weeks and she has spent the Christmas there with the cancer hospital in Guatemala.”


Victor Castillo - Reporter

 

“Now I now it is a little difficult for the family, who has been keeping up with the expense?”


Rosa Maria Lizama Pinkney – Grandmother


“The family, we are here in trying to raise funds and trying to do a little and every little penny counts.  This worthy cause is for my granddaughters diagnose in the month of November, and this moment she is in Guatemala taking chemo.”


Victor Castillo - Reporter


“What is the stage of her cancer at this moment?”


Rosa Maria Lizama Pinkney – Grandmother


“It is her first stage”


With medical bills mounting and hope at even a higher height, Nikki’s grandmother is pleading to the public for assistance.


Rosa Maria Lizama Pinkney – Grandmother


“We really need support from Corozal to keep with the medication and chemo she is taking in Guatemala City.”


Victor Castillo - Reporter


“Before Nikki was diagnosed with cancer, how was this baby?”


Rosa Maria Lizama Pinkney – Grandmother


“She is still a happy little girl, she is always happy and I wish having my granddaughter feeling better. For me as the grandmother at the beginning it was really hard but then I have a lot of faith also and I believe and I know she will be coming back.”


Donations can be deposited to Atlantic Bank account number 211059218. For further information on baby Nikki’s condition fell free to call cell number 623-5349.

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