In the message, the donor said she "was going to donate $7600.00 to her fund, but I found out her parents are lesbian."
It breaks one's heart when you see a child fighting for their lives when they should be playing. Like eighteen-month-old Callie June who is currently battling advanced neuroblastoma. The cancer has metastasized to her lymph nodes and bones. As per the diagnosis, she needs 18 months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, a bone marrow transplant, and future surgery to remove the tumor once it has shrunk. She is currently in Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
She was diagnosed with cancer on New Year's Day and on 8 January 2019, the family found out that she was at stage 4 and high risk. Given all the procedures that needed to be done to help Callie, a family member started a GoFundMe page under the name "Callie's Crusaders" with a goal of a $100,000.
Callie is the adopted daughter of a lesbian couple, Albree and Tiffany. As per the page, Albree stopped working her multiple jobs to stay in the hospital with the girl while Tiffany is working as much as possible and driving to and from the hospital every day because she is also taking care of their other child.
In between all this misery and hardship, the last thing that anyone needs is to hear unwarranted and hateful words from someone. This is what happened to Callie June's parents. They posted a link on "Callie strong, Tiny but mighty", the Facebook page they set up for family and friends to follow their daughter’s journey, talking about it.
On April 9, the family put up a post on the page that shocked many on the internet. It was a stranger who had messaged them on Facebook Messenger telling them why she couldn't donate for the cause. It read: "My prayers for Callie. I was going to donate $7600.00 to her fund, but I found out her parents are lesbian. I’ve chosen to donate to St. Jude due to that fact. Sorry. I’ll still pray for her though, but maybe it’s God’s way of getting your attention that she needs a mommy and a daddy, not two mommy's."
The woman decided not to donate money for their cause since Callie was the child of a lesbian couple and hence, didn't deserve help!!! Yep, you read that right. Callie’s parents had their own strong response to the despicable words. They said, "For someone to actually send this and speak to my family in this way is utterly DISGUSTING......regardless of how you feel, don't say a word. What Callie needs is love and support.....not hate and misery"
Needless to say, a LOT of people rallied against this commenter -- who goes by the name Bren Marie, in the follow-up comments on the post.
A couple of them even sent Bren Marie personal messages themselves rooting for the couple and Callie.
Thankfully, in the most recent update on Facebook, the family informed the followers, “Callie will be starting round 5 of chemo on Monday! He also said that there will be no need for round 6 after that stem cell transplant. He said 98% of her tumor is dead!”
Mayo Clinic's website says that it is cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body including adrenal glands. Neuroblastoma most found in children age 5 or younger. Neuroblastoma starts in developing nerve cells that an unborn human fetus has, as part of its development process. As the fetus matures, neuroblasts eventually turn into nerve cells, fibers and the cells that make up the adrenal glands. Most neuroblasts mature by birth though you do find a small number of immature neuroblasts in newborns. In most cases, these neuroblasts mature or disappear. Others, however, form a tumor — a neuroblastoma. Complications included the metastasis of cancer to the lymph nodes, bone marrow, liver, skin, and bones, which is what happen to 18-month-old Callie.