The parents of a 15-year-old girl who is battling a rare form of bone cancer have revealed they were forced to take out loans to pay for petrol that would take her to her life-saving treatments.
Keith and Analiza Vincent’s daughter, Jinger, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma over a year ago and has undergone chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, including a partial femur replacement and recent lung surgery.
The family must travel up to an hour from their home in rural Indiana to take Jinger to his medical and physical therapy appointments, which take place almost every other day.
Keith, 63, and Analiza, 54, told CBS News they were spending more than $200 a week to fill up their vehicles after the recent spike in gas prices. To cover costs, they cut back on groceries and relied on short-term, high-interest loans.
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Parents Keith and Analiza Vincent have revealed they had to take out high interest loans to pay for petrol to take their 15-year-old daughter Jinger to her cancer treatments.
Jinger was diagnosed with osteosarcoma over a year ago and has undergone chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, including recent lung surgery
“Let’s pay the mortgage first,” Analiza said of their top priority. “Let’s pay the majority of the bills. But [at] At the end of the day, I said, “Wait a minute, we don’t have any gas money. So I end up going [for] instant money. He’s our best friend right now.
Jinger told CBS News that she overheard her parents discussing bills to pay, saying, “It seems so stressful and I feel bad for them.”
At times, the family was able to cut travel costs by staying near the hospital in temporary accommodation provided by Ronald McDonald House, a charity that provides financial support to families with sick or injured children.
Keith said “it’s hard” watching his athletic daughter “wasting away in bed”, which put their other day-to-day struggles into perspective.
The family must travel up to an hour from home to take Jinger to medical and physiotherapy appointments almost every other day.
Keith, 63, and Analiza, 54, told CBS News they were spending more than $200 a week to fill up their vehicles after the recent spike in gas prices.
“People have certain squabbles, daily lawsuits,” he explained. “Oh, the rent, the food, you know, but you sort of work it out. When you have cancer, that kind of thing fades away.
Analiza agreed that they weren’t worried about “not being able to afford certain things” right now, saying, “The big picture is her.”
A GoFundMe page was started by Analiza’s colleagues over a year ago to help the family with their financial burden. After their interview on CBS News, they received over $70,000 in donations in just four days.
“We are so overwhelmed by the generosity of people,” Keith told People. ‘We can’t believe it. We are humbled and in shock. It’s just mind-boggling.
Jinger said she overheard her parents discussing the bills to pay, saying, “It sounds so stressful and I feel bad for them.”
Keith said ‘it’s hard’ watching his athletic daughter ‘wasting away in bed’ and their main focus is on her recovery
A GoFundMe page that was launched over a year ago to help the family with their financial burden has been inundated with donations following their talk
“We suddenly have a bit of leeway now,” he added. “We’re not worried about losing the house or where the next races will come from.”
Jinger also showed her appreciation in a video posted by the outlet at the family’s request.
“I’m here to say thank you – a huge, huge thank you to everyone,” the teenager said. “We can’t express enough how grateful we are, how much gratitude and appreciation we have for everyone.”
Analiza has since shut down the GoFundMe page and is urging people to direct their donations to the Ronald McDonald House in South Bend, Indiana.