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Lifeline Project Profiles: Mathew, Jennifer, and Shaunta

Meet Mathew, Jennifer, and Shaunta. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.

Mathew

Lifeline Participant Mathew

Mathew

In 2009 at 28 years old, Mathew, a talented concrete finisher with a bright future, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He underwent an emergency bone marrow transplant to treat the disease. As a result of treatment he is unable to do many of the things he loves like being out in the sun and working in construction. He also was required to have all of his teeth removed, but his insurance only covered extractions and not the cost of dentures. Mathew would appreciate assistance with the cost of dentures.

Jennifer

Lifeline Participant Jennifer

Jennifer

Jennifer and her husband have been married for 18 years and have two daughters who are almost eight and ten years old. Jennifer is currently receiving a stem cell transplant to treat her diagnosis of multiple myeloma. Since Jennifer and her family live over 600 miles from a transplant center, they have all needed to move while she undergoes treatment. Jennifer used to work as a teacher’s aid, but when she was diagnosed she had to stop working because of her compromised immune system. Her husband has also needed to stop working in order to be with their daughters and stay with Jennifer as she undergoes treatment.

Shaunta

Lifeline Participant Shaunta

Shaunta

Shaunta was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and must undergo blood and platelet transfusions twice a week as well as routine chemotherapy treatments. She spends a lot of time in the hospital as a result of the treatments and the multiple side-effects they cause. A bone marrow transplant is her best chance for a cure and Shaunta sees it as an opportunity to get back to “fulfilling the ministries that God has called me to do such as preaching, teaching, singing, web designing, and media planning.” She is challenged by the many medical bills not covered by insurance and would be appreciative of any support.

To help these or any of the Lifeline Project participants, click here.

Lifeline Project Profiles: Srinivas, Vicky, and Barbara

Meet Srinivas, Vicky, and Barbara. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.

Srinivas

Lifeline Participant Srinivas

Srinivas

Srinivas was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in February of 2010. Since he began treatment he has had numerous life threatening complications; septic shock, bile peritonitis, lung infection, kidney failure, cerebral edema, and subsequent gangrene in both of his legs. Unfortunately, one of his wounds was not healing fast enough in order for him to move forward with a potentially life-saving cord blood transplant and he had to make the painful decision to amputate his right leg below the knee. Srinivas is now moving forward with treatment and is determined to be cured of his cancer.

Vicky

Lifeline Participant Vicky

Vicky

Vicky was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April of 2005. She underwent a stem cell transplant in May of 2007, and after a recurrence, she underwent a bone marrow transplant in October of 2009. She is currently undergoing treatment again in order to go back into remission. Unfortunately she lives 90 miles from the treatment center and is having difficulty affording transportation. Vicky will be grateful for any assistance during this time.

Barbara

Lifeline Participant Barbara

Barbara

Four years ago, Barbara was diagnosed with myeloproliferative disorder. Since then many tests were conducted to determine her best course of treatment, which was decided to be a bone marrow transplant. Barbara relocated to a different state away from her family in order to undergo the procedure. Due to an infection, her transplant was put on hold, as she needed to have her spleen removed. Doctors then discovered that her white blood count had increased and her original diagnosis was wrong, Barbara had leukemia. She now must remain out of state while awaiting further testing and treatment.

To help these or any of the Lifeline Project participants, click here.

No hair, don’t care!

Julie Mueller – a seamstress, bibliophile, fishing enthusiast, loving dog rescuer, and wonderful mother of one daughter and one Corgi – recently underwent a stem cell transplant in February for stage III multiple myeloma.

Julie and Miranda after their new do

Julie and Miranda after their new do

As an act of support, Julie’s daughter, Miranda, promised she would shave her hair when the time came. Eventually, Julie began losing her hair in handfuls, so they sent for the hairdresser. Julie shaved off about 6 inches of hair and Miranda shaved off 11 inches, all of which Miranda donated to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

Miranda and friends watching on

Miranda and friends watching on

For added encouragement as they were chopping their tresses off, Miranda turned to her friends in Paris – where she had been living for six months before moving back to the United States to be Julie’s caregiver. Via video chat, Miranda’s friends supportively watched as Julie and Miranda got their hair buzzed.

Both Julie and Miranda are being incredibly positive and have expressed thanks to everyone who has been helping them through their journey.

To learn more about Julie and Miranda, click here.