Readington Township, NJ - Jewish Community Rallies Around Leukemia-Stricken Boy With Fundraiser Auction
Readington Township, NJ - Last January, nine-year-old Matthew Harms from Whitehouse Station New Jersey was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, more commonly known as ALL.
What began as a small, marble-size lump on Matthew’s neck grew to the size of a softball, threatening to cut off air to his windpipe, NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/VW46rT). Fewer than 10 percent of children are diagnosed with T-cell ALL, a cancer which usually winds its way through the spinal fluid and into the brain.
As of September 2012, Matthew entered the maintenance phase of his cancer treatment which includes daily oral chemotherapy, intravenous chemotherapy and a monthly spinal tap. Matthew will remain in this phase until March 2015. His bone marrow must continue to test clean of cancer until March 2025 for him to be considered cured.
On Sunday, March 3, the Chabad of Hunterdon County will host an auction fundraiser to benefit the Matthew Harms Medical Fund and the Chabad of Hunterdon Scholarship Fund, and is hoping the Jewish community will come out in support of this important cause.
“I am passionate about helping Matthew and his family during this very difficult time in their life,” said Rabbi Eli Kornfeld, executive director of Chabad. It is important for a community to lend support and to rally together to help those who are experiencing challenges, especially something as traumatic as leukemia.”
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