These are pictures of my beautiful cousin Carina and her sweet baby girl, Penelope.  And her hunky daddy, Aaron is in there, too. 🙂  They are a typical Southern California family working hard to make ends meet.  Aaron works long hours as a software salesperson and Carina is going to school to become a  nurse. They are college educated.   They are devout Chargers fans.   And about 2 weeks ago, their world was turned upside down.

Penny is 11 months old and has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.  Cancer.

A disgusting disease and nobody should have to watch their loved one suffer though it.  Especially if that loved one is only a baby.

These past weeks have been a whirlwind.  They were told devastating news, and also came to the realization that Penny’s private insurance policy sucks.  It will only cover 60% Of Penny’s treatments…and those treatments are adding up FAST.

Today, I am trying to spread awareness of Penny and of Neuroblastoma.  If you live online at all, Neuroblastoma is the disease that just claimed sweet Layla Grace.  We don’t want this monster to claim another innocent baby.

Neuroblastoma can occur in many areas of the body. It develops from the tissues that form the sympathetic nervous system (the part of the nervous system that controls body functions, such as heart rate and blood pressure, digestion, and levels of certain hormones).

Most neuroblastomas begin in the abdomen in the adrenal gland or next to the spinal cord, or in the chest. They may also start in other areas. Neuroblastomas can spread to the bones (face, skull, pelvis, shoulders, arms, and legs), bone marrow, liver, lymph nodes, skin, and around the eyes (orbits).

The cause of the tumor is unknown. Neuroblastoma is most commonly diagnosed in children before age 5. The disorder occurs in approximately 1 out of 100,000 children and is slightly more common in boys.

In most patients, the neuroblastoma has already spread when it is first diagnosed. ~Google Health

We are asking people to spread the word.  Read about Penny on her website www.pennies4penny.org.  DONATE if you can.  Every penny helps!