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.
Meet Arianna, Hailey, and Jayvin. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.
Arianna is a four year old girl who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in December of 2010. She underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and recently had a stem cell transplant. Arianna loves riding her bike, dressing up, and swimming in the summer. She lives with her nine year old sister Bre and their mother, who could use assistance with transportation and caregiver expenses.
Hailey was diagnosed with Hurler syndrome when she was just one and a half years old. She received a bone marrow transplant in March of 2011 and has since developed a chronic anemia similar to Evans syndrome when her bone marrow stopped producing red blood cells. She has received rabbit and horse ATG to treat the disorder. Due to the strenuous nature of treatment, Hailey’s mom has not been able to work. Your donation is tremendously appreciated and will be used for transportation, medical, and daily living expenses.
At only seven months old, Jayvin was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML). This type of leukemia is extremely rare and the only known cure is a stem cell transplant. Jayvin underwent his transplant at eight months old; if he does not relapse he will be considered cured by the year 2013. Until that time he will continue to receive treatment to maintain his health. Jayvin’s immune system is still compromised, so his mother is unable to work while she cares for him during recovery. His family is in need of assistance with their expenses, especially transportation to and from the treatment center.
To help these or any of the Lifeline Project participants, click here.
Don’t forget that it is flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommendations for cancer patients and survivors, their families, and their caregivers. Here are just a few:
Are cancer patients and survivors more likely to get the flu than others?
We do not know if cancer patients and survivors are at greater risk for infection with flu. However, we do know that cancer patients and survivors are at higher risk for complications from flu, including hospitalization and death.
What should cancer patients and survivors do if they think they may have the flu?
If you have received cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy within the last month, or have a blood or lymphatic form of cancer, call your doctor immediately if you get flu symptoms.