WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED
- Atlanta parents Angie and Aaron Rush are crushed to learn that all of their children are diagnosed with the same eye cancer.
- It is a hereditary disease and the boys’ mother, Angie, has lost her left eye as an infant.
- The family has sold their house to manage the expenses and launched a GoFundMe campaign to help with the mounting medical expenses.
An Atlanta couple is facing an unbelievable situation as all of their children were diagnosed with the same type of eye cancer. Angie and Aaron Rush, the parents of these children set up a GoFundMe page, to help with the expense. According to the page, the first son Tristen was only one month old when he was diagnosed with the disease.
The couple welcomed two more boys in 2017 and 2019. Unfortunately, both of them were also found to have Retinoblastoma — a type of cancer that forms in the retina during childhood.
Having difficulty in managing their medical finances, the couple is looking for more funding to support the medication of their children, reported by WXIA-TV.
“[More funding] would lead to fewer side effects, possibly less time for kids being in the hospital and more time for them to be kids. Just more effective treatment, so they can get better,” Angie told WTHR.
First-born Tristen was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma in 2015. Angie and Aaron used to take him to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta for MRIs, laser treatments, and chemotherapy treatments.
The cycle starts over with the birth of their second child, Caison, as he was also found to be afflicted with the condition. Unfortunately, doctors also found tumors in the eyes of their third son, Carter. The boys are going through laser and chemotherapy treatment to fight cancer.
When Carter was diagnosed with the same disease, Angie spoke to the doctors who told her that the condition is hereditary. According to WXIA-TV, Angie lost her left eye as an infant.
“The dangers are that the tumors can completely cover the eye in which you would have to remove your eye because you don’t want the cancer to spread,” Angie told WTHR.
The family has sold their house to live with a relative to reduce their expenses. According to the GoFundMe page, they are not able to meet the financial requirements and looking for donations. The family has already raised about $55,000 out of the $65,000 target.
“They are warriors,” Jeanne, mother of Angie explained to WTHR. “I go with them to the hospital many times and they get IVs, they get drops in their eyes and they are just warriors.”