Cases 26-27: 12-year-old girl needs new home to recover from bone marrow transplant

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100 Neediest

Drawing by Emily Marshall of Brentwood High School.

CASE 26 • Twelve-year-old J has had a rough hand dealt to her. At age 3, she suffered a stroke. Then she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, which brings waves of pain. J is set to have a bone marrow transplant in January, but because of that, her family has to find a new place to live. Their current home is infested with rodents, and J must be in the cleanest environment possible to recover from surgery. J’s mom is looking for a place for her and her three siblings but lacks money for a deposit. The family also needs furniture and beds because of the rodent infestation. Clothes, toys, books and other household items are also on their wish list.

CASE 27 • D is 33 and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy that restricts his movement and requires adaptive equipment for mobility. He lives with his mom, Ms. A, who does not work outside of the home so she can care for him around the clock. Social Security income doesn’t stretch far enough to pay for needed medical equipment, including replacements for broken bed rails and a suction machine. The family is moving to a smaller home to cut expenses and could use help furnishing it, including a bed and mattress for D, sheets, and pots and pans. Help with transportation costs — the family doesn’t have a vehicle equipped to transport D — and a warm coat for him would also be appreciated.

Case profiles by Colleen Schrappen and Lisa Brown of the Post-Dispatch.

To give

The tradition of 100 Neediest Cases campaign dates to 1922, when civic leaders formed the Christmas Bureau. The Post-Dispatch has partnered with the program for more than five decades, renaming it 100 Neediest Cases in 1954.

HOW IT WORKS • Social service agencies, working through the United Way, identify thousands of needy families. Volunteers then select 100 cases to be profiled in the newspaper to raise awareness.


ADOPT A CASE • For highest-need cases, the program supplies donors with a list of a family's needs. Donors are asked to meet at least one of the stated needs and provide at least one present for each person in the family. Everything goes directly to the family, through a social worker.

DONATE • Monetary gifts to the 100 Neediest Cases general fund are used to help the more than 4,000 cases, and go directly to the families.

FUNDRAISE • Encourage friends, family and others to join you in helping. Set up a fundraising page for your adopted family or the program overall, and have an even bigger impact.

TO HELP • Call 314-421-6060 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, visit, or mail a check payable to "100 Neediest Cases" (no cash) to P.O. Box 955925, St. Louis, Mo. 63195.

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