11 October 2016

Terminally ill 10 Year Old - Solidarity Request

Cynthia Cannon, UAW Local 7 member, is a 46-year-old mother of three. Her 10-year-old son, Jarrell was diagnosed with Hereditary Spherocytosis (HS) at the age of three. HS is an inherited condition that affects the red blood cells. By the time Jarrell was seven years old, he had also been diagnosed with Leukemia; which is cancer of the blood or bone marrow. In Jarrell’s short 10 years, he has had his right kidney, his spleen and his gallbladder removed. He has endured chemotherapy, radiation treatments and a bone marrow transplant. Jarrell is now terminally ill and has been placed in hospice and given approximately 6 months to live. 
Cynthia was off work overseeing Jarrell's treatment and spending as much time as possible with him. Due to mounting medical bills that needed to be paid in order to continue treatment for Jarrell, Cynthia lost her vehicle, her home and the contents of her home when she was no longer able to pay the storage fees. Cynthia is currently living in a hotel room with her 13-year-old son, Omari and her cousin’s 16-year-old son DaVante. DaVante’s mother passed away after losing her battle with breast cancer.  Omari is a freshman and DaVante is a junior in two different Detroit public high schools.

Cynthia has been called back to work. She, however, must catch the bus to work in Detroit and to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor to visit Jarrell.

Labor comes together for each other in times of need. Cynthia is dealing with this catastrophic situation of having lost all of her possessions while facing the heartbreaking fate of her baby boy. Taking in her cousin’s son and raising him as her own shows you the huge heart that Cynthia has. This mom needs a vehicle, a safe place to live, furniture, winter clothes for the boys, as well as, basic needs items. Let’s rally together as only labor can do and help our sister get back on her feet. Make a donation to this family and show them that they are not alone as they prepare for the loss of their youngest member.

For additional information or if you have resources to help this family, please contact:

MiChele Mitchell Basemore, NABET-CWA Local 43
Community Service Labor Liaison
Metro Detroit AFL-CIO
600 W. Lafayette, Suite 200
Detroit, Michigan 48226
(313) 960-4899
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