Lifeline Project Profiles: Lee, Sandra, and Rileigh
Lee, a married father of three, was diagnosed with adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) in 2010. He has undergone six months of aggressive treatment, which included chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Lee had to give up his weekend construction work and was no longer able to take care of his youngest son during the week. Without his income and the additional expense of childcare, his family needs help affording his medical and donor expenses.
Sandra, a married mother of two, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in 2009. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy in order to go back into remission. Once in remission, Sandra can undergo a bone marrow transplant, which will be donated by her daughter. Given the lengthy treatment process, which is far from Sandra’s home, she has not been able to work at her job as a college professor since last year. She and her family need help with travel and donor related expenses.
Rileigh was diagnosed with immunosuppressive aplastic anemia in June 2010. Later, her blood count numbers crashed and it was discovered that she also has Fanconi’s anemia. The only way to treat the aplastic anemia associated with Fanconi’s anemia is with a bone marrow transplant. Rileigh underwent her transplant and her family relocated to be near the transplant center. They are currently maintaining two residences and unable to work, so any donations would be helpful.
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