When The Unthinkable Happens: New Parents Battle Cancer Together

   By drodriguez  Jun 30, 2011

Every once in a while you hear a story of a family facing unthinkable hardships. This is definitely the case for new parents Nathan, a 38 year old artist, and Elisa Bond, a 36 year old real estate agent, who were both diagnosed with late stage cancers within the same week.

The NY Daily News recently told their story while describing how friends and family have really come through to make things a little easier for the Bonds.

Just a few months ago, Nathan Bond was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer with a 60 percent chance of surviving 5 years or more.  While the couple was still in shock from Nathan’s diagnosis, Elisa received the results that cancer had spread throughout her body after finding a lump in her breast. Elisa was told her odds of survival is just 16 percent for 5 years.

The couple care for their 18 month old daughter while undergoing treatments for their cancers. Elisa explains, “I wanted to grow old with my husband and care for our daughter. Now I’m just hoping for a miracle.”

Friends of the couple created a web site where people can make donations to help out with medical bills not covered by their insurance and living expenses. So far, they have raised $25,000 for the couple. To find out more about how you can help please visit Friends of Nathan and Elisa.

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miksmomm by miksmomm | tampa, FL
Jun 30, 2011

Such a sad story...Everything happens for a reason..be positive and pray. Sadie will be good therapy..thoughts and prayers

didama by didama | MAPLEWOOD, NJ
Jun 30, 2011

I watched this video and its heartbreaking. My thoughts are with them.

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Jun 30, 2011

My prayers are with them.

kenekts by kenekts | Jersey City, NJ
Jun 30, 2011

When I read this story, it bought tears to my eyes. I'm hoping with the science of modern medicine and the love of their family, something can be done to secure the future of their little girl.

jemappel by jemappel | Rye Brook, NY
Jun 30, 2011

This is an unbelievable tragedy. I'm a faithful person, but when I hear stories like this, I just don't understand why these things happen. I pray for a miracle for them.