Almost 80% of families with a child with cancer will have at least one parent who needs to cut back on work or stop working all together according to the American Childhood Cancer Association.
Erica Snyder, the mother to 5 year-old Aiden had to quit her job as a teacher, to take care of her son in Fort Worth who overcame a brain tumor, while her husband continued to work and take care of their 2 year-old daughter.
“It’s just hard to know that he’s so far away from his son when his son is sick,” says Erica Snyder.
“I just can’t imagine being so far away from your child when he’s ill and it’s got to be so difficult, but he takes care of everything here.”
When it comes to family and community support, Leah Gomez says she’s grateful for her circle of love.
“It brought our family a lot closer. Even through this hard time, it’s just amazing. It’s really hard to explain, it’s just something you really have to go through to understand. But God has given us grace and I’m thankful for that,” says mother, Leah Gomez.
There are a number of families in San Angelo and the surrounding areas that have an are traveling back and forth to Forth Worth for pediatric cancer follow-ups. However, there’s a Cook Children’s Specialty Clinic in San Angelo that help many families in their times of need.
“We have been coming out to the West Texas area for over 30 years and we’ve had a commitment to having clinics in Midland, Abilene and San Angelo,” says Cook Children’s Pediatric Oncologist, Kenneth Heym.
“We have a full time clinic in San Angelo with a nurse based there permanently; the doctors go out there at least once a month. We also do telemedicine visits so we’re committed to be able to bring the state of the art treatment that we have at Cook Children’s out to the areas out West.”