BRISTOW, Va. — One medical bill can make a huge financial impact. Bills after months of hospital treatments can nearly destroy a family. Evelyne Sama was under intense financial pressure after her daughter Derreon recently endured cancer treatments.

Derreon was rushed to the hospital after experiencing a high fever. The doctors discovered a mass on her kidney and after performing a biopsy determined it was cancerous. 

Derreon had a long, hard road of chemotherapy treatments and radiation. The treatments were physically grueling and put a financial strain on Evelyne. Sara Knight, founder of the Sweet Julia Grace Foundation based in Bristow, VA, stepped in to help.

"I wanted to be able to come alongside families and give them whatever kind of support I could," says Sara. "My daughter was 12 when she passed. She had a rare genetic disease. So I was very familiar with the life of a medical parent and how lonely and hard it is."

The Sweet Julia Grace Foundation brings comfort and dramatically improves the lives of the children suffering. Through donations, the non-profit builds ramps and modifies homes as necessary. SJGF also offers support to the parents and siblings. 

"What she does for families like us is amazing," says Evelyne. Derreon thankfully is now cancer-free. But the Samas are still dealing with the costs of the treatments. 

Apple Federal Credit Union was happy to help through its Kindness Rocks program. The Virginia-based banking company took care of the family's most recent mortgage payment; which had been neglected due to mounting medical bills. 

"We're so excited Derreon is through treatment and we wanted to ease the burden a little bit," says Katie Knight of AFCU. "What this family and Sara shared is unimaginable. Any role in that is an honor. We're thrilled to be able to do something for one of our neighbors." 

This article is sponsored by Apple Federal Credit Union

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