Having a child with leukemia can create some special financial
problems. Fortunately, in Michaels case, good health insurance
has covered the enormous medical expenses associated with his
treatment, at least up to now.
The largest problem is that a family that was generating two
incomes has become a single income family . Amy has needed to
be with Michael more or less constantly since he was first diagnosed
in November; and it has not become clear yet when she might
be able to return to work.
Basic expenses such as the mortgage, heating bills, etc. all
continue to exist. Frequent hospital stays and visits and Michael's
need for constant care and attention have also generated some
new expenses such as parking, gas, tolls, meals out, frequent
telephone calls, and accommodations near the hospital. When
Amy can return to work, there may be extra child care costs
for Michael, since, with a weakened immune system, he will not
be able to be exposed to the germs and health risks associated
with a group day care setting.
Many generous and caring friends, family members, and colleagues
of both Amy and Jim have sent them money to help out in this
family crisis. On March 23 the Maynard Rod and Gun Club is having
a benefit event, described elsewhere
on this web site.
What we are now adding to the picture is a special account
at the Middlesex Bank in West Concord, designated the Michael
Foley Fund. Checks made out to the Fund may be sent directly
to this account. This will provide an orderly way for the family
to keep track of donations and separate this money from their
regular income. They will know who has contributed and can access
the money as it is needed.
While you may still, if you choose, send money directly to
the family, we would encourage you to send your donations to:
Michael Foley Fund, c/o Middlesex Savings Bank , 1208 Main
St., Concord, Mass., 01742. Or, any branch of the bank will
also accept in-person donations.