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Gainesville family fights for children's lives after insurance cancellation

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

GAINESVILLE, TEXAS -- A Gainesville family is fighting for their childrens' lives.

Ronald and Krista Alford's two children, Hunter and Mikayla, were born with extremely rare types of cancer.

Now, sven years into fighting that battle, they've been hit with a new one: their children's insurance has been cancelled, affecting Hunter's chemotherapy.

News 12's Allison Harris brings us their story of struggle and strength.

Hunter Alford is due for his next round of chemo.

As of right now, his mom Krista says, he's unlikely to get it.

"Since his insurance was dropped, we're thinking about cancelling his chemotherapy," Krista Alford said.

The 7-year-old, who loves playing games on his iPad, is reportedly the youngest person to have his type of cancer.

Hunter has Plexiform Hishocyne Neoplasm.

The Alford's are in a battle with children's medicaid -- or CHIP -- Hunter's insurance.

Krista says, despite receiving a new, renewed insurance card, the agency told her they dropped his insurance.

"I called them and they said we were dropped October 31st," Krista said.

Krista says an insurance agent told her that Hunter's information got lost when they made changes under the new Affordable Care Act.

Now, Krista is on a mission to re-gain that insurance, but they're running out of time before his next chemo treatment, and the agent says they can't expedite.

"The lady's like, the only way we can expedite is if your son was pregnant and in labor, or if he was an illegal," Krista said.

Hunter's chemo would cost $50,000 without insurance.

For now, the Gainesville community is pulling together, raising money to pay for Hunter's chemo.

Krista says she's touched, but still worried for her children.

"This is my son's life on the line and I don't want him to have to fight with cancer his whole life. That's all he knows is cancer," Krista said.

To donate to the Heroes for Hunter online fundraising campaign click here.

To find out more about Angels for Hunter visit the facebook page Angels for Hunter


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