Mother of triplets with rare eye cancer thankful for support from strangers
Published Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:52AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 28, 2014 5:47PM EDT
Leslie Low says she's been on a roller coaster ride since her triplet infants were all diagnosed with a rare childhood eye cancer in February.
While the family has a long journey ahead, Low said the support she's received from Canadians coast-to-coast has been overwhelming.
"Sometime we focus on all the bad," Low told CTV's Canada AM on Thursday. "What I really want people to take from this story is that there are so, so many good people in this world that want to help each other, and we are so thankful for all that support."
While the Low family lives in Edmonton, they travel to Toronto every six weeks so the seven-month-old boys can receive treatment for retinoblastoma at SickKids Hospital.
Two of the triplets, Thomas and Mason, have each had an eye removed and replaced with a prosthetic eye. Their brother Luke has since become blind in his left eye.
But Low remains positive about their treatment.
"They all have one really, really good eye, which is great news."
Upon learning of the diagnosis, the top priority was stopping the cancer from spreading, which doctors have managed to do.
"Right now we are (focusing) on trying to save their vision," she said.
In late July, the family published a blog post seeking temporary housing in Toronto. Within a few days, the Lows had more than 100,000 visitors to their blog and more than 1,000 offers from strangers who wanted tohelp.
"Some people offered to help babysit, some people offered to vacate their basement so we could stay there. Some people offered to move out of their home and go live with family whenever we go visit," Low said. "It's really, really heartwarming."
Housing for the family was secured earlier this month, and Low said more offers to help and monetary donations continue to stream in.
A fundraising campaign that set out to raise $30,000 to help the family with expenses during the boys' treatments has nearly hit $80,000 in donations.
Low stressed that support doesn't necessarily mean monetary donations.
"If you see someone else struggling with childhood cancer, try to reach out to them because it means a lot," she said. "It doesn't have to be money support. It could just be prayers or positive thoughts."