David Alston was initially diagnosed with testicular cancer in March of 2011. He was treated with chemotherapy and went into remission, but unfortunately, a few months later, he relapsed. Now he is fighting cancer a second time.
David and his doctors feel his best chance at a cure is a triple-tandem autologous transplant, which will be the first performed at UNC Hospitals. The process involves harvesting and freezing his own stem cells, receiving high-dose chemotherapy to attack the cancer, then having the stem cells infused over three back-to-back hospitalizations. David feels that he is in the hands of an excellent team of professionals, but his illness and treatment have caused a financial hardship.
This challenging process has left David with many insights and he has learned some great lessons, including letting people in and sharing his experience. To learn more about David, click here and watch the video below.
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Meet Giovanni, Aval, and Pat in the first post profiling Lifeline Project participants.
Giovanni is a four-year-old boy who was first diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) in April of 2009 and had a relapse in February of 2011. It has been a rough road for him and his family as they’ve faced many complications with his treatment. He is currently recovering from a cord blood transplant. His family is doing their best to ensure there are no further medical complications. Funding for his post-transplant treatment expenses would be extremely helpful for Giovanni’s recovery.
In July of 2010, Aval was diagnosed with testicular cancer in stage IIIB. Since conventional chemotherapy treatment did not bring his tumor markers down, he underwent a tandem autologous stem cell transplant. As a result of the lengthy treatment process, Aval was unable to work and was terminated from his job. His hope is to find another job with his Computer Science Engineering degree and rebuild his life. He is in need of assistance paying for housing, transportation, and meals.
Pat was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in October 2006. She has since undergone long hospitalizations, clinic visits, chemotherapy, blood transfusions, multiple medications, and two allogeneic cord blood transplants. After nearly five years of treatment her family has become stressed emotionally and financially. They are grateful for her second chance at life, but they need assistance covering her medical expenses so they can all focus on her recovery.
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