NATICK – A GoFundMe has been established to help a Natick girl, just 5 years old, battling cancerous tumors.
On the afternoon of Thursday, August 4 Kate Brosnihan took Emelie, 5 to her pediatrician because she had been complaining of a bad stomach ache.
The Brosnihans were sent to Newton-Wellesley Hospital for “some tests and images and it was there, in the middle of the night, that they learned Emelie has bilateral Wilms (cancerous tumors on each of her kidneys),” wrote GoFundMe organizer Erin Polansky.
The Natick family went straight to Mass general Hospital in Boston where Emelie, Kate, and Dave have been since and where they have begun Emelie’s fight against cancer, wrote Polansky.
Initially, she created the “GoFundMe to ease the burden of meals, groceries etc. for the Brosnihans. Whether used for treatment stays or at home, your donation will allow us to buy gift cards for food and meals, allowing everyone to focus on Em and her recovery,” wrote Polansky.
But having exceeded their goal in just one day, and with Emelie’s treatment in progress, the GoFundMe was expanded to help the Natick family with “significant out of pocket expenses that are not covered by insurance,” wrote Polansky.
“The treatment plan is extensive, including the chemo, medication, surgery etc. For that reason, we are shifting the focus of this campaign to medical expenses and have edited our goal. Please share this link and keep the Brosnihans in your thoughts and prayers,” wrote Polansky.
More than $19,500 has been raised so far for the family.