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Woman allegedly makes donation for sick baby because her parents are lesbians



By Gwen Aviles

A lesbian couple says they received a homophobic message after a relative created an online fundraiser to cover their daughter's cancer costs mitigate treatments.

Tiffany and Albree Shaffer of Cincinnati were informed on New Year's Day that their 18-month-old daughter Callie had been diagnosed with advanced neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that develops from immature neurons. One week later, the couple was informed that Callie was in the fourth stage and needed 1

8 months of chemo and radiation.

Callie is cancer stage 4 at only 18 months old and has completed five cycles of chemotherapy. [19659006] Courtesy of Tiffany Shaffer

"Callie has acted very hard," said Albree Shaffer, 26, to NBC News on Tuesday. "We take it day after day."

Shortly after the heartbreaking news was shared with their families, Tiffany Shafer's sister Lorrie Teate launched an online fundraiser to raise money for Callie's medical bills.

"She will need 18 months of chemotherapy and radiation, she will need a bone marrow transplant, and in the future she needs surgery to remove the tumor as soon as it shrinks," Teate wrote on a GoFundMe page. "I ask you to help me financially relieve these wonderful people."

After the child's diagnosis, Albree Shaffer said she would have to stop three jobs so she could stay at Callie's side at Cincinnati's Children's Hospital, while Tiffany Shaffer works and takes care of her other child, Tyler, who has reached the age of 7 and is on the autism spectrum.

"We would probably have to move from GoFundMe without the money, and we also have two car payments," said Albree Shaffer. "It would have been so stressful to move immediately."

Gwen Aviles is a desk assistant at NBCNews.com, where she reports, researches, and produces content across the various vertical layers.

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