Family seeks help from community for teen fighting cancer

Chrissy Benedyk is only 17 years old and fighting CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia). CML is a slowly progressing and uncommon type of blood-cell cancer that begins in the bone marrow. It is unheard of in children and because Benedyk was diagnosed at such a young age, she will require oral chemotherapy for the rest of her life.

There is no cure or remission and long term treatment for CML has devastating effects on health and quality of life. Benedyk’s mom, Donna, is a single mom and the medical bills are taking a toll on the family who already have enough to worry about. She and her family are on the verge of losing their home and that’s why a family friend is asking for the community’s support to help alleviate some of this stress.

“No mom should ever have to watch their child struggle and fight to survive cancer so helplessly, and to have the added distress of possibly losing their home due to medical costs associated with her child’s treatment. This mom will be fighting alongside her daughter for the rest of her life. Together we can ease some of the financial struggle and make the unbearable weight a little lighter,” said Lisa Cretacci.

If you would like to make a donation to help Benedyk and her family, visit

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