July 12, 2014
Wes Chang is 20 months old has been battling with stage four Neuroblastoma since he was diagnosed back in February of this year.
Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops from nerve tissue and is been found in nearly 650 children each year in the United States.
Wes' mother, Caroline Chang, knew something was wrong with her son, when she noticed tumors showing up on his body.
“He had tumors on his head we could see one behind his ear, his eye started to blacken and we were sent for a CT at the emergency room,” says Chang. “I was probably in shock, but not surprised that it was something serious.”
Since then he's been receiving chemotherapy treatments at the University of Virginia’s Children's Hospital, but those treatments are expensive.
“We received a lot of support to the point where I don't spend time worrying about how we are going to get through this financially, but the bills are enormous and scary,” says Chang.
That's where the Ishan Gala Foundation comes into play. Named after two-year-old Ishan Gala who lost his life to Neuroblastoma back in 2008, the foundation aims to raise awareness and money to find a cure for the disease.
Recently the foundation donated $1,500 to help out the Chang family.
"Knowing that Neuroblastoma only has a cure rate of about 40-50 percent, and knowing that most of these kids are diagnosed and they are already stage four and knowing the harsh treatments that these kids go through, it was no option to our family to want to give back to other families and believe and hope to find a cure,” says Mayank Gala, father of Ishan and founder of the foundation.
With chemotherapy treatments, Wes has shown progress in fighting this disease and his family is looking forward to his surgery that will remove the final tumor.
The foundation is hosting a fundraiser on August 16th at the ACAC waterpark to help raise money for another family in need.
For more information on the foundation and on upcoming fundraisers to help families with children suffering from Neuroblastoma, click on the link under the picture.