You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Metro

Globe Santa

Children’s illnesses put strain on funds during holidays

Nothing can prepare parents for the moment they are told that their child is facing a potentially fatal illness. Shock, sadness, anger, and fear collide with a fierce determination to do whatever it takes to see their son or daughter through to good health.

“My 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago,” the girl’s mother wrote in a letter to Globe Santa. “Since that devastating day, our lives have been turned upside down in every way.”

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week