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Fair Lawn Woman Rallies Community For Ailing Sister

Jennifer Jimenez' bone marrow is failing, and the treatments are very expensive.
Jennifer Jimenez' bone marrow is failing, and the treatments are very expensive. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Stephanie Jimenez

FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Sisters Stephanie and Jennifer Jimenez live in Fair Lawn, but are driving to New York at least twice a week.

The trip is one no one wants to make, but because Jennifer has aplastic anemia, there's no other option.

The disease is bad enough, but the costs associated with it are making the battle even harder.

Stephanie is reaching out to family, friends and the community to help make it a little easier.

Her GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $21,000 as of Wednesday.

"Jen's a really lovable person, which is why so many people have come out to support her," Stephanie told Daily Voice.

Jennifer does have health insurance, and she's receiving treatment at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, but insurance isn't covering all the costs, like freezing her eggs.

She'll have to have a bone marrow transplant, and undergo chemotherapy and radiation therapy -- and she's only 25. Freezing her eggs may be the only way for Jennifer to be able to have a family, later.

Stephanie said that it seems to be harder to get help from some organizations, "because her diagnosis doesn't say cancer -- though she's getting the same treatments as a cancer patient."

Stephanie finished the fundraising request on GoFundMe this way:

Your kind donations would mean the world to Jen and our family. It will help us cover the costs of Jen's medical bills and any expenses related to this heartbreaking and unexpected situation, so that her only focus is on getting better and going back to that incredibly full of life Jen we all know and love!

You can see the online campaign -- and donate -- here.

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