Parents are forced to take out loans to pay for the gas to drive their daughter to cancer treatment

The parents of a 15-year-old girl battling a rare form of bone cancer have revealed they have been forced to take out loans to pay for the gas to drive her to her life-saving treatments.

Keith and Analiza Vincent’s daughter, Jinger, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma more than a year ago and has undergone chemotherapy and multiple surgeries including a partial femur replacement and recent lung surgery.

The family must drive up to an hour from their home in rural Indiana to take Jinger to her medical and physical therapy appointments, which occur almost every other day.

Keith, 63, and Analiza, 54, recounted CBS News They are spending more than $200 a week to fill up their vehicle after the recent rise in gas prices. To cover the costs, they limit food and rely on short-term, high-interest loans.

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Parents Keith and Analiza Vincent have revealed they had to take out high-interest loans to pay for the gas to take their 15-year-old daughter Jinger to her cancer treatments

Jinger was diagnosed with osteosarcoma more than a year ago and has undergone chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, including recently lung surgery

Jinger was diagnosed with osteosarcoma more than a year ago and has undergone chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, including recently lung surgery

“Let’s pay the mortgage first,” Analiza said of her top priority. “Let’s pay most of the bills. but [at] At the end of the day I said, “Wait a minute, we don’t have money for gas.” So I end up going [for] the instant cash. That’s our best friend right now.”

Jinger told CBS News that she overhears her parents discussing what bills need to be paid and says, “It just seems so stressful and I just feel bad for her.”

Sometimes the family has been able to reduce travel expenses by staying near the hospital in emergency shelters run by the Ronald McDonald House, a charity that provides financial support to families with sick or injured children.

Keith said “it’s tough” to see his athletic daughter “wasting away in bed” now, putting her other daily struggles into perspective.

The family has to drive up to an hour from home almost every other day to take Jinger to her doctor and physical therapy appointments

The family has to drive up to an hour from home almost every other day to take Jinger to her doctor and physical therapy appointments

Keith, 63, and Analiza, 54, told CBS News they are spending more than $200 a week to fill up their vehicle after the recent rise in gas prices

Keith, 63, and Analiza, 54, told CBS News they are spending more than $200 a week to fill up their vehicle after the recent rise in gas prices

“People have certain arguments, everyday trials,” he explained. “Oh, rent, food, you know, but you sort of sort it out. When you have cancer, things like that fade away.”

Analiza agreed that they’re not worried about not being able to afford certain things right now, saying, “The big picture is her.”

A GoFundMe Page was started over a year ago by Analiza’s staff to help the family with their financial burden. According to their interview on CBS News, they received over $70,000 in donations in just four days.

“We’re just blown away by the generosity of people,” Keith said persons. “We can’t believe it. We are humiliated and shocked. It’s amazing.

Jinger said she overheard her parents discussing what bills needed paying and said,

Jinger said she overheard her parents discussing what bills needed paying and said, “It just seems so stressful and I just feel bad for her.”

Keith said

Keith said “it’s tough” to see his athletic daughter “wasting away in bed” now and her primary focus is on her recovery

A GoFundMe page, launched over a year ago to help the family with their financial struggle, was inundated with donations following her interview

A GoFundMe page, launched over a year ago to help the family with their financial struggle, was inundated with donations following her interview

“We suddenly have some breathing room now,” he added. “We’re not worried about losing the house or where the next groceries will come from.”

Jinger also showed her appreciation in a video posted by the outlet at the family’s request.

“I’m here to say thank you — a huge, huge thank you to everyone,” the teen said. “We cannot express enough how grateful we are, how much gratitude and appreciation we have for everyone.”

Analiza has since shut down the GoFundMe page, urging people to direct their donations to the Ronald McDonald House in South Bend, Indiana.

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