Family friends raise funds for boy diagnosed with cancer
Two-year-old Jack Rollins began a roller coaster battle with cancer during the holiday season.
It was just before Christmas when he complained of a stomachache, refused to eat and developed a low-grade fever. Within a few weeks' time, he has had numerous tests, surgery, medications and various treatments that are just the beginning of the journey to make him better.
Doctors have diagnosed him with stage 4 neuroblastoma, his mother said.
His parents, Brooke and Ryan Rollins of Bridgeport, have taken off work to keep up with medical appointments. His mother is an employee of United Hospital Center, and his father works for the Department of Defense.
Jack, who has been in West Virginia University Children's Hospital several times, leaves Thursday for Pittsburgh for a stem cell procedure.
"It's hard to keep up," his mother said. "There is a new problem every day."
On Tuesday, Jack was having a good day as he played. He celebrates his third birthday on Feb. 5.
It is not yet known how much insurance will pay on his medical expenses, and bills have not yet arrived. However, just one medicine is running $150 every two weeks after insurance.
Friends have begun having fundraisers to help the family.
A fundraiser organized by Jack's cousin, Lori Elliott, will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 2150 Mount Vernon Road in Hurricane.
Batman and Captain America will be on hand at 12:30 p.m. for those who would like photographs. Donations will be accepted.
There will be a rummage sale, baked goods, hot dogs, handmade scarves and jewelry, Origami Owl jewelry and Thirty-One products.
The church telephone number is 304-757-9110.
For more information about the fundraiser, call Lori Elliott at 304-205-3784.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1246.