Chloe Mitchell, a first-grade student at P.S. 193, was diagnosed with leukemia just last week, and now the Whitestone community is mobilizing to help the girl and her family.
“Chloe was a normal first grader, running around with her friends, playing basketball, going to school,” said Erin Mitchell, Chloe’s mother. “Thursday, March 2, changed all of that.”
Mitchell writes that after spring break, Chloe came down with a fever and tested negative for the flu. After not feeling better days later, she and her daughter returned to the doctor. That afternoon, Chloe was brought to the emergency room and diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Days after the diagnosis, family friend Tracie McCue Sadloski started an online fundraising campaign to support the family.
“Chloe’s mom, Erin, is a single parent and has been by Chloe’s side since the devastating news,” wrote Sadloski. “While her doctors are hopeful that they will eventually be able to cure her, it is going to be a long road.”
The fundraiser was created on March 4 and is already halfway to its goal, receiving thousands of dollars in online donations.
“I am very overwhelmed by the fact that my Chloe is facing this terrible challenge ahead of her,” Mitchell said. “I am equally overwhelmed at the generosity, time, patience and love that we are feeling from our friends, family, neighbors and community. We are so lucky to have such wonderful people in our corner.”
The We Love Whitestone civic association has also become involved in the effort, spreading the word on social media and opening up their post office box as a venue to send donations.
It’s not the first time that We Love Whitestone has stepped up for a local child in need. Last month, the group participated in a fundraising campaign for Sofia Rabello, a sixth-grader at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.
“It is much too often that we find ourselves posting these types of GoFundMe pages,” civic president Alfredo Centola said. “These children do not deserve this. No family should have to go through this. We have come through repeatedly as a community. I once again ask we come together and help this family.”
Donations can be made online or by sending a check made out to Erin Mitchell to We Love Whitestone, P.O. Box 29, Whitestone, NY 11357.