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Davie woman exhausts 401k trying to pay for son's medical bills

Jeannie Zapata hoping to keep home while fighting son's debilitating disease

Bono, 6, was diagnosed with a debilitating disease called systemic onset polyarticular idiopathic arthritis.
Bono, 6, was diagnosed with a debilitating disease called systemic onset polyarticular idiopathic arthritis.

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – A Davie mother is hoping her community comes together to help avoid her home being auctioned off. 

Jeannie Zapata exhausted her 401K funds in order to pay for her son's medical bills. 

Bono, 6, was diagnosed with a debilitating disease called systemic onset polyarticular idiopathic arthritis. 

Zapata, a single mother, is currently employed but lost her last job because of the time she took to care for Bono. 

In his short life, Bono has undergone multiple surgeries, close to 100 infusions and countless hospital visits.

"Each time we go to the hospital, it's about a four- or five-hour procedure," Zapata said.

Zapata recently took a sales job with a catering company, but she's fallen behind on her mortgage. Now her home is on the auction block.

"It's very important that we keep our home because we're only 15 minutes from Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, as well as the places where he receives therapy," Zapata said.

A GoFundMe page has been created for anyone wishing to make a donation.

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