Union City teacher seeking support as her 5-year-old daughter battles Leukemia


A Union City teacher has set up a GoFundMe page as her five-year-old daughter battles a form of Leukemia, hoping the community will help her cover the costs of the expensive medical bills.


Isabella Perez was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic Leukemia on July 31, 2015 and suffered a stroke during her first week of chemotherapy, according to her GoFundMe page.

As a result, she had to be transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for brain treatment. Fortunately, she did not suffer any brain damage from the stroke.

Her mother, Norma Perez, a teacher at George Washington Elementary School at 3905 New York Ave., set up the page and adds that her daughter is expected to need at least three more years of treatment.

The page, which was created on December 29, 2015,  is aiming to raise $5,000 for the medical costs associated with Isabella’s condition in 2016. As of this morning, the cause has raised $975.

Pina Productionz, a music company operated by Carlos Pina, a Union City Police Officer, produced the above video to help raise further awareness for the cause.

Pina told Hudson County View that Pina Productionz is in the process of organizing a fundraiser for Isabella at Union Hill High School, likely to take place next month.

Norma Perez could not immediately be reached for comment.