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Charles, age 6, has lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of blood cancer. A member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, Charles lives with his family in a condemned trailer on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Like all children with cancer, Charles faces an uncertain future.
Charles lives in one of the poorest counties in our nation. Although the community reports an unemployment rate of appx 80%, both his mother and father had jobs until Charles got sick. Due to Charles’ medical condition, however, his mother had to quit her job.
Housing and health care are managed on Pine Ridge Reservation by severely underfunded federal programs which have placed an extraordinary burden on Charles and his family.
They’re Living In Condemned Housing
Charles and his 3 siblings, his parents and his 4 cousins — a total of 8 people– live in a two room trailer that was condemned months ago. There is a big crack in the ceiling and rain flows into the premises. They had to rip out the carpeting, as it was filled with mold.
Their application to FEMA for a new trailer recently was denied. When they appealed the denial, the family learned that while the appeal was pending all of the remaining trailers were distributed. They learned that the earliest they will be eligible for a new trailer is 2017.
The living conditions necessarily will make the recovery much harder for Charles, and further, jeopardizes the health of the entire family.
They Must Travel Hours for Medical Care
The Indian Health Services will not permit Charles to receive treatment for cancer in the surrounding region. He must travel to Sioux Falls, SD — about 5-6 hours away from his residence– to get routine and emergency treatments.
Please read the full story and materials at the below link, and share what you can with this wonderful little boy and his family. Small contributions add up.
Together, we can help CHARLES KICK CANCER!
All donations are tax-deductible. All funds raised will go to Charles and his family (less the credit card or Crowdrise processing fees).