My friend Alex has been in a bad way for the last decade. I will save you the “he’s a 33-year-old father of twin boys” sad-sack routine and simply say this…
Ten years ago - on a considerably “smaller” internet - I helped Alex petition Blue Cross to get him the (self-harvested) stem-cell surgery that he so desperately needed. It kept him alive. The internet is cool like that and, today, it’s much larger.
The Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that Alex has been battling requires another surgery - one which will be incredibly taxing (financially) on his family.
Sure, it’s a recession, but Alex needs that $3 more than you need another PBR at the bar tonight. More importantly, the holidays are about giving.
That said… here’s his open letter to donors. Please repost this if you’d like to make a difference in a young man’s life.
Trust me… I want to see him live.
Dear friends and family,
Some of you know me currently, for others it has been a very long time, perhaps we have never met. I am writing to fill you in what I have been up to. I have been dealing with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for 12 years. I want to invite you now to become a part of my journey. As I have survived for this long through doing chemotherapies and clinical trials, radiation, surgery and two autologous stem cell transplants in 2001, using my own stem cells, I now have to embark upon the inevitable; an allogenic stem cell transplant, where the bone marrow/stem cells will come from a donor- my sister Lielle.
My doctor and I have been delaying this for the past nine years, however he agrees now, and the prescription seems to be unanimous amongst doctors involved in my case, that I now do an allogenic transplant. Medical science has come along way and I have been sitting on the front lines of something like a revolution in cancer treatments during my long experience with this disease, and although there are no guarantees, no one can predict the outcome for this high-risk procedure; I may fair well, I may not. However, I do know for certain that I have to once again face an overwhelming procedure and I will give it my all. Not just for myself, but for my twin boys, Benjamin and Noah; where it goes without saying that the three of us really want to know each other in this lifetime and need each other, and for my great wife Brannan.
I have been able to keep my head above water, and go through life’s ups-and-downs since I was diagnosed early in the year of 2000 when I was 21. While some ambition had to be put on hold, I was blessed enough to create an amazing family in this time. My goal is to see it through the transplant and return to my family, as well as pick up on some of those other goals and ambitions that have had to take a back seat.
I am coming to you now to ask for your help and support. If ever a time where I have needed it, this has trumped others in the past. Help me and my family by making a small (or large) donation. Anything helps. We have established an account with The National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) so that contributions can be made safely and are fully tax-deductible. NFT has been assisting transplant patients with advocacy and fundraising support for 28 years. Your gift—of $25, $50, $100 or more—will enable NFT to provide my family and I with the financial support we desperately need.
Healing, curing, and fighting this seemingly never ending, absurd disease has become central to my life’s purpose; now this is my greatest shot to survive into the long-term. Although it has been with much struggle, dealing so chronically with this disease has challenged me with the opportunity to deeply examine myself, life, and its meaning. I once again face a raging hoop of fire to jump through, my last resort. After the new year, I will be away from my family starting for four months at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Washington. My fight continues on. Please fight with me.