Florida father, mother and teen son all diagnosed with cancer: 'We are set up for god to show up because it’s so over the top'
The Desclefs family is fighting against an almost unthinkable situation and have set up a fundraising page to help raise donations that would cover their medical expenses.
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA: A Jacksonville, Florida family has been left devastated after all three family members were diagnosed with different types of cancer.
It all started five years ago for the Desclefs, according to News4JAX, when Kathy Desclefs was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For a family that owned and operated a small business in a French-American restaurant named 'Magnificat Cafe,' the news was difficult but still manageable.
Things took a turn for the worse this past August when doctors informed Kathy that her husband Benoit had an inoperable tumor in his brain. In October, the situation worsened further when their 17-year-old son Luke was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma after he found a lump in his neck.
"It’s hard to process," Kathy told the station about her family's plight, adding that each of hers, Luke's and Benoit's prognoses were different and that it was still unclear what the eventual ramifications were.
"With Benoit, they’ve said roughly 12 years," she revealed. "With Luke, he has a very good prognosis if he responds to treatment and we’ll know how well he responds next week when they do a PET [positron emission tomography] scan."
"For me, it’s hard to say, because the variant I have is so rare they don’t have a lot of data on that," she admitted.
Because the family is currently incapable of working at the restaurant, which was their primary source of income, they have set up a Supportful page to help raise donations to cover parts of their medical expenses.
The page states that both "Kathy’s and Benoit’s are rare and non-curable" and that Luke's most recent round of chemotherapy "left him [in the] ICU due to fever and low blood pressure."
"One family member having cancer is very stressful, two is crazy hard and three is unimaginable," a description on the page reads. "So you can guess that finances are a very real struggle… please help this amazing family during this crisis. They are warm, generous, and joyful people. But they are faced with a challenge they can’t do alone."
The fundraiser has raised over $52,000 of a possible $157,000 goal at the time of writing, though the family has already had to take the difficult decision to put their business up for sale to cover other costs.
However, Kate has insisted that they are trying to remain optimistic despite the tragic circumstances and that their faith will carry them through these difficult times. "We are set up for God to show up because it’s so over the top," she said.