In the Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood of Jerusalem, in a small apartment, a family of six is dealing with the stuff of nightmares. Chaya and Shmuel Avramsky, loving parents to four children, don’t know where to turn.
A little less than a year ago Aharon began to complain of pain in his chest. The doctors brushed off his complaints and sent him and his parents home with some paracetamol for the pain.
Yet, over a month later, when Aharon was still in pain Chaya and Shmuel Avramsky were shocked to find a growth protruding from his ribs. On Aharon’s fifth birthday the family received a dreaded diagnosis: Ewing’s sarcoma, an aggressive cancer that puts their son’s life in grave danger.
“You could literally see the cancer growing from his ribs,” says Shmuel.
A dizzying array of treatments is now a part of their life: chemotherapy, surgery and daily radiation are the only way to save Aharon’s life.
Chaya Avramsky has been forced to leave her job to take care of her son during the treatment period, and the family barely gets by on Shmuel’s salary. They have been forced to move to a small run down apartment because they can’t afford to pay the rent on their previous home. The three older children, Faige, Nachman and Nosson, are being neglected: another side effect of the life-destroying cancer.
The family’s savings are depleted, they live in poverty, and they are quickly running out of money to keep Aharon alive. An emergency fund has been set up to save Aharon’s life.The precious five-year-old “little tzaddik” is too young to suffer so much.