Belle Glade girl losing battle to brain tumor

By Suzanne Boyd - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

BELLE GLADE, FL (WFLX) - She is the little girl with the brain tumor who stole our hearts. Now, the worst possible news. Little Giselle Gonzalez and her family need you and your prayers more than ever.

There was such hope for Giselle. In fact, our last story on her was promising news. Doctors thought they had removed 98 percent of her tumor. Sadly, her family is asking for your support as their worst fears come to light.

Gisselle Gonzalez just turned 6 years old, but she has seen more doctors and hospitals than most of us see in a lifetime.

"She's tough," said Rita Gonzalez. "She saw me crying the other day, and, she said, 'Why are you crying? I'm fine; I'll be good.'"

We met Giselle last year when she was undergoing chemotherapy. The tumor in her brain was shrinking, but a recent MRI delivered the worst possible news. "The doctor told us the tumor had grew again, close to the spine, so there's nothing he can do."

Now on one of her last visits to the pediatric oncologist, Giselle's family has decided the long trips from their home in Belle Glade and the painful treatments are over. "They wanted to try some other type of chemo, and, I said, 'Why make her suffer more than she's already been through?' Me and my husband talked about it. We're going to keep her at the house. You know give her her last moments where she's comfortable."

Rita has been home taking care of Gisselle and her other two children. Her husband is out of work. Now, this family, with no money coming in, needs your help to pay for what they see as the inevitable. "I don't know how much it's going to cost. I've never been through this."

But through it all, Rita has her strong faith and believes God has a plan for her princess. "Just praying for a miracle, and see what's God's last will."

If you'd like to help the Gonzalez family, donations can be sent to:

Jose Gonzalez
PO Box 1274
Belle Glade, FL 33430

You can also e-mail Suzanne Boyd.