A VERY IMPORTANT PLEA!
Hi Marydon,There is an article online about Jack (my maternal 1st cousin) at www.mdsbeacon.com. Just put his name, Jack Grubb, in the search box. Unfortunately, the donor referred to in the article, has backed out, like I said. Jack and BJ just came back from Washington, DC, where they met with their congressfolks to talk about this illness.
This is really a clock-ticking-down situation. He will die from this, plain and simple.
Thank you for your interest, Marydon. I've campaigned to get family members young enough to sign up on "BetheMatch", (have to be under 6o), and several have come forward to get on the register, but again, as I said, no matches.
Melody (your cousin)
“My doctor noticed that my blood counts were low,” explained Jack. “He decided we needed to see a specialist in Medford, Oregon.”
The specialist performed a bone marrow biopsy right away and informed Jack that he had myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) with refractory anemia (low red blood cell counts that do not respond to treatment) and excess blasts (immature bone marrow cells). The blast count was 10 percent at the time, and Jack was on his way to developing acute myeloid leukemia......
*** I implore you each to pass this information on ... maybe it won't help Jack but it may help another in desperate medical need.