Nine-year-old Casey Bardowell has been battling leukemia for nearly eight years, but it wasn't the only struggle she's had to deal with.
Bardowell, her mother Tracy Glasgow and her eight-month-old sister, Lily, have been homeless for the past few months, living in and out of shelters since they were forced out of their apartment. But due to the kindness of strangers, the family has now moved into a home on New York's Long Island.
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Glasgow, a single mom, initially fell behind on mortgage payments after she quit her job to take care of her ailing daughter. In April, they went to a homeless shelter where the conditions were a nightmare.
“As soon as we got into the apartment … roaches all over the place,” Glasgow told PIX11. "[Casey] uses a CPAP machine to sleep and I was really scared that the roaches would enter the CPAP."
Glasgow and Bardowell. (Photo Credit: PIX11)
Moving to a medical shelter wasn't any better for Bardowell, who also suffers from graft versus host disease, which is when transplanted donor cells attack their host's body.
But when local news outlets picked up their story, Glasgow immediately began receiving donations. The first 15 months of rent for their new home has already been paid for.
"Casey gave me the strength," Glasgow told PIX11 of how she was able to get through the last few months. "I know it’s hard for her, so just being around her, she gives me all the encouragement to move on."
To hear more about the family and their recent struggles, visit their fundraising page here.
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