ALEXANDRIA BAY — To know why household, associates and followers have dubbed Natalie Grace Gondek “Natalie the Brave” one wants solely to take a look at among the issues she has endured since March.
Family members say her challenges have included:
Quite a few blood and platelet infusions, two main surgical procedures, a one-month hospitalization resulting from a extreme an infection, excessive doses of chemotherapy with nasty unwanted side effects, quite a few clinic appointments and sores all through her mouth and digestive system.
Natalie was born in April 2017 to Marci L. and Matthew P. Gondek of Clayton. She was recognized with “high-risk B-cell” acute lymphoblastic leukemia in late March, two weeks after Marci gave start to son Kyler M.
Natalie spent her second birthday within the hospital. Marci and Matthew have one other little one, Chase, age 9.
Michelle Lashomb is twin sister to Mrs. Gondek and is Natalie’s aunt.
“Our hearts were broken when we were told Natalie needed further testing as her blood counts suggested leukemia,” Ms. Lashomb mentioned, recalling the March 28 analysis.
A profit spaghetti dinner to assist Natalie’s household with medical prices can be held from four to eight p.m. Oct. 19 at Cavallario’s Steak Home, 26 Church St., Alexandria Bay.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $eight for youngsters and could also be bought at River Day Spa & Salon, 342 Riverside Drive, Clayton, and Cavallario’s Steak Home. Tickets can even be bought on the door.
“This event is kid friendly, so we are asking guests to please bring their children,” Ms. Lashomb mentioned. “We will have lots of activities for the them, including a visit from Elmo.”
The occasion can even embody a silent public sale and a basket raffle.
“We were completely overwhelmed when we were given Natalie’s intense treatment plan,” Ms. Lashomb mentioned. “She would be undergoing nine months of intense treatment and would be receiving chemotherapy both as an inpatient, outpatient and at home. She then would continue treatment for two and a half more years.”
Ms. Lashomb mentioned Natalie is now seen as an outpatient twice every week. She is being handled at Upstate Golisano Kids’s Hospital, Syracuse.
“She continues to stay strong, but there are many days where she is so sick from her treatments,” Ms. Lashomb mentioned. “She continues to fight and will always be our Natalie the Brave!”