NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Anyone who has children knows how much a nanny can become a member of the family, but what happens when that nanny becomes sick?

One Upper West Side family is doing whatever they can to take care of one of their own, reports CBS 2’s Magee Hickey.

“I don’t have words to say what she has done for me,” nanny Lola Barclay said.

For three years, Barclay had lovingly taken care of Jack and Katelyn Fogel, until she became sick with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Mother Meredith Fogel is now trying to return that love.

“Lola’s is a huge part of our family. She’s critical to the functioning of our household, to the development and the care of our children. She’s everything to us,” Meredith said. “She’s Lola Fogel, and she’ll always be Lola Fogel.”

Meredith, who works full-time as a lawyer for Saks Fifth Avenue, has been taking Lola to her doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center for five rounds of chemotherapy, which isn’t working.

Lola’s cancer, though, is still not in remission, so Meredith has set up a website and organized bone marrow drives – the first at the Fogels’ synagogue – looking for a match, Lola’s best chance for survival.

“My sister had a different form of blood cancer 14 years ago and had a bone marrow transplant from my other sister,” Meredith said. “I understand what it is that Lola has, and how important it is to find a match for her.”

One of the challenges that Lola is facing si that there are relatively few African Americans on the national bone marrow registry.

The second bone marrow drive is scheduled for Sunday at Lola’s church, Mount Olive Pentacostal, in East Flatbush. The extended Fogel family is hoping for a huge turnout.

“She’s from Jamaica, so we’re hoping that at the drive for Lola on Sunday, there will be people that come join from Jamaica, from other Caribbean countries, and people that are generally more diverse,” Linda Caltabiano, of the New York Blood Center, said.

“I love those kids with my heart; the parents know it,” Lola said. “Whatever you put in, you always get it back. May God bless her.”

For more information about Sunday’s bone marrow drive, click here.

Comments (5)
  1. Marie Bogle says:

    Nola is a family friend of ours, she worked with my mom in Jamaica when I was younger. I am praying for her right now and for her children. If you are reading this Nola its Miss Bogle’s daughter. God will bless you forever Meridth for all you have done for Nola.

  2. Ellen W. says:

    Meredith, you are doing a wonderful thing and I hope that you succeed in helping Lola have a good long life. Bravo to you for your efforts!!!!

    Proud to know you,

  3. Cheryl ( donna's sister in-law) says:

    Meredith,GOD BLESS YOU .
    I want you to know that GOD has placed NOLA in your family for such a time like this , continue to support her, encourage her and be htere for her and her family. Do not get weary in well doing you are going to reap a harvest so be strong and be encouraged.
    Nola – God is good and his mercy endureth forever . Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. God is going to bring you through just continue to trust him and depend on him, as Isaiah 43 says when you go through the fire and you go through the flood he will be with you, he will uphold you, he will sustain you he will heal and deliver you. Do not give up my sister hold on wait on the lord and be of good courage .

  4. Nadia says:

    thank u Meredith for all that you and your family are doing for a dear friend Lola gods blessing best wishes with your help gods blessing and Lolas faith she would be heal

  5. donna raphael says:

    i am a friend of lola and is praying for her .she is such a such a wonderful person and i know that she will get better ,i just want to say thanks to neredith .there are not many of her out there she is one in a million and as a nanny my self i can say to her god bless her ,jack and katelyn i love you all donna

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