Family, friends raise money to help toddler with leukemia, Down syndrome
Donations help to offset medical bills
Last Updated: 64 days ago
COLUMBUS, Ind. - The Columbus community has rallied around one of their own as a local mom works hard to care for her young daughter who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
As the mother and her daughter prepare to spend the next month in the hospital, friends and family are stepping up to raise money for the family.
Doctors diagnosed Jocelyn Eubanks, almost 2, with cancer this summer and the little girl was getting ready for another round of chemotherapy.
Eubanks was born with Down syndrome, and her mom, Jennifer Eubanks, says sometimes she can't help but think life has not been fair.
“It was hard to hear it at first. It took us two or three months and you kind of get over it because you bond with her and you realize how wonderful she is," Eubanks said about finding out Jocelyn was born with Down syndrome. "It's so unfair. I can't believe this. She's been doing great and now we have to deal with this."
Jocelyn has undergone three rounds of chemotherapy in almost three months, and the fourth round will start Friday in Indianapolis.
Her mom will stay with her in the hospital for a month while she recovers.
"We have to wait for her immune system to drop and then we have to wait for it to come back up before we can come home because she has a higher risk of infection, and we do that every single month," Eubanks said.
Long-time family friend Darla Cox stepped in to help. She has organized donation events to help the family, including one for October, at their church.
The money raised will go to offset some of Eubanks’ growing medical bills.
"I think that's why God puts us here, you know, it's not about how famous can I become, that’s not what it’s about. It’s about helping each other and being there for each other and supporting each other," Cox said.
Eubanks believes that too and wears multiple bracelets in support of other families she has met at the hospital.
On Saturday, Eubanks will join others at Donner Park in Columbus to walk and raise awareness for Down syndrome along with other families dealing with similar issues.
October’s donation event for the Eubanks family is a chili supper and silent auction at the East Columbus United Methodist Church on Oct. 25.
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