A 9-year-old New York girl who has been battling cancer while living in a homeless shelter has finally moved to a new home with her family thanks to some generous friends and strangers.
Casey Bardowell, 9, who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 2, and her family became homeless after her mother, Tracy Glasgow, quit her job in April to take care of Casey full-time.
Casey also has graft versus host disease, where transplanted donor cells attack the recipient’s body, The Huffington Post reports.
Glasgow and her two daughters, Casey and 8-month-old Lily, eventually ended up in a filthy city shelter.
Glasgow told PIX11 News that their whole situation was a “nightmare.”
“As soon as we got into the apartment … roaches all over the place,” she said.
The family moved to a medical shelter a few days later, but they were forced to stay with friends while Casey underwent treatment for her conditions.
After PIX11 aired the family’s story, donations and support from strangers came pouring in. It was enough for the single mom and her daughters to move into a new apartment in Long Island, with rent already covered for the next 15 months.
Casey continues to make near-daily visits to the doctor’s office and to the hospital for treatment.
The family has yet to furnish their new home, so friends set up registries at Bed Bath and Beyond and Overstock under “Casey Bardowell and Tracy Glasgow,” and a fundraising page called Support Our Casey.
Photo Credit: Screenshot/Support Our Casey