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Joe

Leukemia Survivor

Urbandale, IA

My son Joe was 5 years old when he was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia just three days after the birth of his brother Cole – Joe was admitted to the ICU, and on Sunday, the next day, they did a spinal tap and a bone marrow biopsy. At midnight that night, he started his chemotherapy treatments.

In the first 30 days, his bone marrow had cleared to zero, and he was technically designated as a “low risk rapid responder.” All things being equal, he has done a phenomenal job through this.

He is in long-term maintenance and he finished his treatment on December 13, 2014.

I plugged into The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) almost immediately, and they hooked me up with someone else who had been through a similar experience through their First Connection program. I just feel like what LLS does-- pooling funds from all of their campaigns -- propels research forward more quickly and efficiently, and with exponential returns. I want to be a part of that to the greatest extent possible!

Joe