Meet Joshua, Thomas, and Eddie. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.
Since he was four months old, Joshua has been fighting a diagnosis of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). He received an allogeneic stem cell transplant weeks before his first birthday. In order to treat HLH, Joshua and his single mother had to relocate. If he survives until 2014, he will be considered 100% cured. Until that time, he will have years of intensive treatment. Joshua and his mother need help paying for medical assistance devices, medications, and living expenses.
Thomas was first diagnosed with lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin’s disease in 1989. For over twenty years he has undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Unfortunately, in 2008, the cancer progressed to stage four and began taking over major systems in his body. Thomas has needed to undergo more chemotherapy in order to prepare his body for a bone marrow transplant. After dealing with this diagnosis for so many years, he is in need of financial assistance to help cover post-transplant treatment expenses.
In May of 2008, Eddie was diagnosed with Hunter syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that is always progressive and life-limiting. Eddie and his mother needed to relocate so that Eddie could have an unrelated cord blood transplant and a second chance at life. Eddie and his family are currently struggling with transplant-related expenses and the many symptoms related to his diagnosis. They are in need of funding to help cover these expenses.
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