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Benefits planned for preschooler with leukemia

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Friends and family of a local preschooler battling acute pre-B lymphoblastic leukemia, often called pre-B ALL, have established several ways the local community can help the family, including a bank account and fundraisers.

 

Phoebe Carmody was diagnosed with pre-B ALL about three weeks ago. Phoebe is the 4-year-old daughter of Steve Carmody, a manager at Lowe’s, and Kelly Carmody, owner of Butler Hill. She is the sister of Cason Carmody and Meredith Carmody. She was attending the Kids Central preschool program at Central Baptist Church and was active in girls gymnastics when diagnosed.

Medical professionals indicated treatment will take at least 2 1/2 years. She was re-admitted to Medical City-Children’s Hospital in Dallas Sunday for treatment, “because she simply isn't keeping her meds down and they are very critical in getting her into remission. We were told to plan to stay a while, so all prayers for the comfort of Phoebe's tummy turmoil would be greatly appreciated,” her mom noted on Facebook Saturday.

For day-to-day updates, specific prayer requests and information about future benefits or other opportunities to help the family, check out the Phoebe Carmody Medical Page on Facebook.

“Our prayer is that Phoebe's tummy can be settled and that her little body can feel peace. There is a violent storm raging in her belly and intestines and she is so tired and weak from the yuck inside,” Kelly Carmody posted on Sunday.

Como-Pickton Elementary students held a cancer walk Friday to raise funds for five people battling cancer, including Phoebe. 

Kristin Midgley Anderson, upon learning of Phoebe’s diagnosis, pledged $10 to Phoebe for every $30 wrap sold April 27 through May 3.

Head2Toe Nutrition raised $222.50 for Phoebe April 27 by hosting a Shake Day.

An account has been established for Phoebe at Guaranty Bond Bank, 919 Gilmer St. in Sulphur Springs. Donations to help the family with medical expenses may be made at the GBB. Check donations should be made out to "Phoebe Carmody Medical." All donations and fundraising proceeds will go to support Phoebe's medical needs.

Gifts and cards can be sent to Medical City-Children's Hospital, 7777 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas 75230. Because of her medical condition, the hospital restricts certain items. No flowers or latex balloons are accepted; MYLAR balloons are OK, a family friend noted. For general hospital information, call 972-566-8888.

Yard signs, pink bows with Phoebe’s name written on them, are now available for $20 each at Butler Hill and KIDS Central at Central Baptist Church, or by calling Rebecca Alexander at 903-348-4707 or Kids Central at 903-307-9048. All money raised goes directly to the GBB medical fund.

On May 18, Steve’s work will hold a special Kids Day event in Phoebe’s honor, as well. Lowe’s in Sulphur Springs will host “Phoebe Carmody Kids Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fun and games scheduled include food and face-painting. The company encourages families to show their support for Phoebe by attending with their children.

Twisted S Steak House on Tuesday, May 7, will donate 10 percent of all proceeds that day to Phoebe and her family.

Mary Kay beauty consultant Jenny Lothrop will donate all of her May profits from Mary Kay sales to help with Phoebe's medical needs. Those wishing to order from Lothrop may do so online at www.marykay.com/jlothrop or contact her at 903-452-1663 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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