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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.

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Four-time cancer survivor shares journey through new book

Chris Hamilton

Author and cancer survivor Chris Hamilton

In his new book, CHE-MOment, Chris Hamilton, a four-time cancer survivor, tells the story of his most recent battle. He details the incredible physical, emotional, and medical struggles he and his family faced and describes “key moments” that changed his life, faith, and attitude. The book was also an opportunity for Chris to “pay it forward” and help other cancer patients with their own journeys.

After eight months of surgeries and radiation to treat cancer in his tonsils and his thyroid, Chris learned in November of 2011 that he had acute myeloid leukemia. Fortunately, Chris’ only sibling, his brother Billy, was a perfect donor match, and after chemotherapy put Chris into remission, Billy’s stem cells were successfully transplanted. The journey did not end there as post-transplant care can be long and the effects difficult.

A portion of the profits from the sale of Chris’ book will be donated to charity, including The Bone Marrow Foundation. The Foundation was first introduced to the Hamilton family when Chris opened a One-to-One Fund to help manage financial donations during his lengthy treatment and post-transplant care.

For more information about how to purchase a copy of CHE-MOment, visit che-moment.com. To listen to a radio interview with Chris, 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.