Lifeline Project Profiles: Nick, Donald, and Alexander
Meet Nick, Donald, and Alexander. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.
Despite the numerous heath problems he’s faced over the years, Nick’s family describes him as having a “zest for life.” Most recently he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a group of diseases that affect the bone marrow and blood, and can develop into a severe type of leukemia. After a lengthy donor search, Nick recently underwent a bone marrow transplant. The transplant should bring about long-term remission, but he will need help affording the post-transplant expenses.
Donnie, a devoted husband and father of three, was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in 2009. Since that time he has been required to take multiple medications, undergo weekly shots in his stomach, and weekly physician appointments. Donnie’s upcoming bone marrow transplant will require that he and his wife relocate, which will mean giving up both their incomes. They are in need of financial support for medical and living expenses until they can return to work.
At just six weeks old, Alex was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), an extremely rare disease of the blood and bone marrow that is always fatal if not identified early and treated aggressively. In order to survive, Alex underwent seventeen weeks of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. However, Alex is having serious complications that require continual intensive care. His medical expenses have caused a financial hardship for his family and they need assistance affording his continued medical care.
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