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Jarrid's Story - Something wasn't right.

Jeff Dodge recalls when he and his wife first began to notice something wasn’t right with Jarrid.  He wouldn’t eat and began skipping recess at school.  They also noticed that the area around his spleen was very swollen.

Concerned, Jarrid’s parents took him to a local hospital.   The local hospital promptly referred Jarrid to Dr. Emad Salman, Pediatric Oncology/Hematology at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Jarrid was 7 years old when Dr. Salman told his parents that he had T Cell All (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  “Dr. Salman sat us down and (explained) everything and answered every question,” Jeff Dodge remembers.   Jarrid and his family spent most of the next 3 months at the Golisano Children’s Hospital, including Thanksgiving dinner. 

Jarrid’s experience is not unlike other local children diagnosed with Leukemia.  The treatment protocol can take as a long as three years or more.  And, for most families, it is a diagnosis that affects the whole family.

For Jarrid, his mom and dad, and brother Jaymmes, the medical staff at Golisano Children’s Hospital soon became a second family to them.  “When your kid is asking to go to the hospital because he feels so comfortable there, that really says something,” notes Jeff.

“We are thankful for them every day,” says Jarrid’s mother Jessica, “They are the best…from doctors to nurses…we love them all.”

Providing world-class oncology and hematology treatment to young children like Jarrid is a priority for Dr. Salman and his medical team.  Doing so, however, requires the generosity of donors who support giving hope and help to children who need – and deserve – such care.

A small gift today can make a difference and help provide the expertise and training for outstanding patient care. 

Won’t you please help by donating today?