Hi Austin's Army! It's been awhile since my last post and there is much to tell. First, Austin is doing great! He received a bone marrow transplant in April in an effort to eradicate the cancer. His older brother, Matt, was a perfect match and donated the bone marrow. Austin has spent the summer recuperating, gaining strength, and eating A LOT! In a major answer to prayer, Austin started school yesterday at Ironwood Ridge High School. This is his first day back at school in over a year and a half. Tomorrow, he has a PET scan to make sure the cancer is still gone. Please keep Austin in prayer as he undergoes the PET scan and pray for positive results.
Hi Everyone! I have a couple of important updates to share. First, Austin is doing relly well. His counts are slowly increasing and the doctors are very pleased with how he is responding so far. The mouth sores are still pretty bad making it difficult to swallow but he is beginning to eat a bit more on his own. He is also taking more oral medication rather than IV meds which is another positive indicator. The second update is a reminder about the Austin's Army Rally, a fundraiser at Heart & Soul Gymnastics, 8363 N. Oracle Rd., tomorrow from 1-3pm. There will be live music, food, and over 20 vendors all donating proceeds to Austin's medical fund. Bring your kids for $5 Open Gym while you shop the amazing vendors. Check out the Austin's Army Facebook page for more info and to see a list of vendors. Thank you again for your continued support and prayers.
Hello Austin's Army members. Today is +8 days since the transplant. For the first six days Austin did very well but now he needs some serious prayer. Due to the chemo and radiation he received prior to the transplant his body is neutropenic. He had a reaction to the platelets yesterday and is having more adverse side effects today. He has a fever, severe mouth sores, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, joint pain, and headaches. Doctors believe this is a reaction to the chemo and radiation not the new stem cells. However, he has no immune system and therefore is having a hard time fighting the various infections. Please lift him up in prayer. Thank you for your unwavering support.
Hey all! Attached is the flyer for the Austin's Army Fundraiser, April 27, 1-3pm, at Heart & Soul Gymnastics, 8363 N. Oracle Road. There will be music, food, vendors, a silent auction, and $5 open gym for the kids. We hope to see everyone there!
Hey Austin's Army members! We have hats, t-shirts, and bracelets for sale. All proceeds go to Austin's medical fund. Hats come in navy or pink camo and are $20, one size fits most. Shirts are $15 and come in S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Bracelets are $3/each or 2/$5. You can place your order through Go Fund Me. Simply message me your order and address and pay through the secure site. Thanks for helping support my Godson's return to good health!
Austin and his brother, Matt, are preparing for the upcoming stem cell transplant, set for April 10th. Austin has already undergone 3 days of chemo and is in the middle of 3 days of full body radiation. Matt, who is a perfect match to Austin, is receiving daily shots to boost his white counts. These make him feel fatigued, nauseous, and have headaches. Please keep the boys in your prayers as they begin this journey to complete recovery and good health.
Austin was finally able to go home yesterday after a long stay in the hospital. The doctors told him to go home, eat as much as possible, and stay healthy, so to speak. On Thursday he will go to clinic, have his counts checked, and hopefully find out when the next step will happen. The next hurdle is one more round of chemo immediately prior to his bone marrow transplant. Previously, doctors told him to expect to be in the hospital 45-60 days for the entire transplant procedure and recovery. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Austin had a rough night. His fever spiked to 107, he had a horrible headache, and was shaking uncontrollably. His blood pressure dropped too low so they administered a bolus of fluids. That helped stabilize his bp but he definitely needs more prayers.
Please keep Austin in your thoughts and prayers. He has gone to UAMC tonight with a fever of 101.9 and a severe headache. His counts are also too low. He will not be released until his white count increases and he's clear of the fever.
Hello Austin's Army and prayer warriors! Austin had outpatient chemo on Monday and was admitted today for chemo through Saturday morning. He will receive the same treatments as last time and they were pretty rough. Please pray for healing, patience, courage, and that he would feel well enough to be released Saturday morning in time to speak at the Diamond Children's Gala that night.
Hi everyone! Austin was finally able to go home yesterday after his white count came up to .3. He has clinic tomorrow at which point they will decide if he's healthy enough to do the outpatient chemo on Wed. Keep praying those counts significantly increase in order for him to be strong enough to endure the next round. As always, thank you for your continued support. :)
Hello, Everybody! Austin is still in the hospital. He feels fine but his white count is still at zero and he can't be released until it comes up. Understandably, he is bored to tears. His next scheduled treatment is Jan 22 but they can't do it unless his counts increase. He received a Neulasta shot, intended to boost his counts, 14 days ago. Normally it takes 7-10 days for the shot to work. Please pray that his counts would dramatically increase, enabling him to go home before the next treatment.
Hi everyone. Please keep Austin in your prayers as he has been admitted to Diamond Children's with a fever, nausea, and bone pain. His white count is also down to zero. He will stay for observation until his counts increase which should help him feel better.
Hey there! Austin is back home recovering from the last round of chemo. His Mom said he's doing well and starting to regain his appetite. The main side effects are nausea, fatigue, and chronic hiccups. He has clinic tomorrow to check his counts which are expected to drop. At that time, he and his family should receive more info regarding the bone marrow transplant. As of now, his next treatment will begin January 22. Thanks for your continued prayers and support!
Exciting news: Austin's older brother, Matt, is perfect bone marrow match on all 10 markers! They will find out more info from the docs next week but it looks like the transplant will happen in March. In the meantime, Austin is being heavily hit by side effects from this round of chemo. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Austin is back in the hospital for his scheduled chemo. He had an outpatient treatment on Monday but has been admitted until Friday or Saturday for the next round. Please keep his younger brother, Colton, in your prayers as well. On Monday, following the blood draws to test for bone marrow compatibility, he got up too quickly, fainted, fell, and broke his front tooth. He spent awhile in the ER throwing up from his concussion. The dentist is supposed to fix the tooth tomorrow. Talk about adding insult to injury! I hope everyone had an enjoyable New Year and is excited and hopeful for what's to come.
Austin had his PET Scan today and it showed no spreading of cancer. Hallelujah! He and his brothers will still be tested to see if they are a match for the bone marrow transplant. Please pray that one of his bothers is a match, for wisdom and discernment for the oncologists and medical team, and for faith and hope to flood the hearts and minds of this precious family as they grapple with the reality of returning to treatment.
Austin received the pathology report today and it was not what we've all been hoping and praying for. His cancer has returned. He will have a PET scan on Thursday to determine if the cancer has spread and he will begin chemo on December 30th. Doctors have indicated that he will need to undergo a bone marrow transplant in March. Both of his brothers are being tested to see if they are a match. The family is understandably shocked and devastated by this news. However, they remain optimistic and determined to beat this insidious disease. Please hold them close in your prayers as they try to celebrate the Christmas season knowing what a rough road lies ahead.
Hi Everybody! Tomorrow morning, Austin has surgery to remove the suspicious lymph node. Doctors will go in with a camera via three incisions to remove the node. It is still unknown whether or not this node is cancerous or was inflamed due to a previous sinus infection. Please pray, most importantly, that it is benign. Also, pray the doctors are able to access the entire node through the three incisions and won't need to do a more invasive surgery. I will post updates on his recovery as I get them from the family. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and support.
Hello, Austin's Army members! Please continue to keep Austin in your prayers. The day before Thanksgiving, during a routine PET Scan, a 2cm lump was discovered in his chest. He was sick at the time so the inflammation in his lymph node could be from an infection. The doctors did a biopsy but the results were inconclusive. Therefore, doctors have decided to surgically remove this lymph node. They will attempt to go in through a small incision guided by a camera. However, if they can't get the whole node with clear margins they will have to do further, more invasive surgery. Please pray for a steady hand and discernment for the surgeon, that no further treatment is necessary, and that Austin can peacefully recover during the Christmas break before resuming school in January. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.
Great news today on two fronts. First, Austin is home! His blood counts are steadily increasing and his fever is gone. Second, Austin and his family will be honored guests at the FC Tucson Fall Showcase this Friday evening! A huge thanks to Rick Schantz and FC Tucson for making this happen. Austin and his brother, Matt, are very excited to see the opening game at the new soccer stadium. What a way to celebrate the end of chemo and Austin's 15th birthday.
Austin is feeling much better but is still at Diamond Children's. His fever is gone but his blood counts need to increase more before he can be released. They've been slowly and inconsistently going up since he was readmitted, but docs want to see a stronger, steadier increase. Lets pray he can be home and healthy in time for his 15th birthday on Nov 20!
Hey fellow Austin's Army warriors. Please pray for Austin as he has gone back to the hospital with a fever, nausea, headaches, and dizziness. He is in good spirits but needs an immune boost and probably a higher white cell count. Thanks for continuing to hold Austin and his family in prayer.
Wearing this today in honor of Austin's LAST DAY of treatment. Woo Hoo! If his counts are stabilized and his fever gone, he will be able to come home today! Thank you, all, for your continuing prayers and support.
Update: Austin's fever has spiked to 104*. They've drawn blood and are running cultures to try and determine what kind of infection he has but they don't expect results for 1-2 days. Please pray for a quick answer and an easy treatment.
I'd like to request prayer for Austin. Starting last night he began experiencing side effects from the latest round of chemo. He's got a fever, headaches, eye aches, nausea, and chills followed by sweats. His blood counts were also borderline. Please lift him up in prayer asking God to relieve the symptoms, restore his health, and boost his immunity. Today is Day 4 of his treatment and he and his family could use their spirits lifted. Thank you in advance for praying.
So far, Austin is doing well following his most recent treatment. He's in good spirits, has a strong sense of humor, and has avoided any serious side effects. Thanks for all your prayers on that score! The doctors have said he has one more treatment, beginning Oct. 31 and lasting 5 days. This one will probably be more difficult. It would be a really awesome 15th birthday present if he could be done with all treatments in November, be declared cancer-free, and ring the gong at the Children's Center.
Austin had his regularly scheduled clinic today at UAMC. Unfortunately, his white cell count had dropped to .7 so they are administering two bags of red blood cells and one of platelets. They believe this is why he was experiencing such severe headaches, stomach cramps, and getting throat sores. Please pray that the transfusion would work, his counts would increase dramatically, the headache, cramps and sores would disappear, and that he'd avoid any infection. Please keep his parents in your prayers, too, as they attempt to balance Austin's care with the needs of their other two boys, school, soccer, and finances. Thank you!
Great news! Austin came home yesterday after completing five days of chemo. So far, he's dealing with this round very well. Keep praying for strength that sustains him and his family and for increased immunity. God willing, he only has two rounds of chemo left. He's nearing the end of this battle and he will be victorious. Thanks for your continued support.
Austin has two more days of chemo and then he can hopefully go home. He's had headaches and stomach aches but nothing too severe so far. Please keep praying for no side effects and a strong immune system.
Hey Austin's Army warriors! Today is the day Austin goes back to Diamond Children's to start his next round of chemo. This one is scheduled to last 5 days. I saw him last night and he looks and feels good. His counts have been steadily increasing ever since his last release, he's been able to eat well, and he's even done a little school work. But, the battle begins anew today. Please pray that this round of chemo would go smoothly with little to no side effects. Please say an extra prayer for the entire family as they are trying to cope with the emotional struggles and financial burdens brought on by this insidious disease.
Hooray! Austin was released from Diamond Children's yesterday and is relaxing comfortably at home. His blood counts still aren't high enough but they were doubling each day so the docs felt confident to let him go home. He will have clinic on Monday to check his counts again. Please pray he can stay home and healthy until the next round of chemo.
Austin is slowly improving at UAMC. The sores on his throat are starting to go away allowing him to eat, drink, and talk. He's still very heavily medicated, though, and he doesn't care for the morphine. The main issue remains the blood counts. His hemoglobin count was low so he received a red cell transfusion. He also received platelets in an attempt to boost his white count. His white count is, unfortunately, still at .1 and the docs won't let him go home until it is between 4 and 13. On the positive side, Austin received a few special visitors today: Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat and Santa all stopped in to cheer him up!
Austin will be in the hospital at least overnight or until his pain is under control. The sores in his throat keep sloughing off causing a terrible goop, making it hard to swallow. His white count should be above 13 but they'd like it to get between 4-13. Once it starts to increase, it's an indication that the cells are healing. He's currently on oxycodone and morphine every two hours for the pain. This usually results in major headaches. Please keep praying.
Urgent prayer request for Austin! He is in severe pain in his jaw, teeth, and mouth causing major headaches. He's on heavy duty pain meds but they aren't working. These are all side effects from last week's chemo. Please pray for relief from the nerve pain in his jaw, healing of the mouth sores, and the dissipation of the headaches. Thank you.
Austin finished his latest round of chemo today. He is experiencing teeth pain and mouth sores but should come home tomorrow. The great news is that Austin is now officially in remission! The docs are now waiting for the remaining tumors to shrink and disappear. He still has three rounds of chemo left, with the last one scheduled for the end of October. Keep praying for strength, healthy blood counts, and relief from pain.
Austin's white cell count is at 2.2 and his platelets are at 60. They need to be at least 13 and 100 in order for him to receive his next round of chemo. The good news is that the most recent PET scan showed that the large tumor in his chest no longer has a blood supply. It still needs to shrink a considerable amount, though. Doctors are hoping that with further chemo it will break up on its own. My prayer is that this extra week at home will allow Austin time to heal and gain strength.
Austin continues to do well at home. Thank you all for your prayers which really helped revive his spirit and gave his body the will to fight that high fever and pain. The Make A Wish Foundation met with Austin on Saturday to discuss possible wish fulfillment. His choices are a family trip to either Alberta, Canada, home of the 4th largest mall in the world with an indoor water park, or a Beaches vacation to the Bahamas. Austin is scheduled to start chemo again on August 1 and has bern told he will receive 4 four more rounds, hopefully finishing the last week in October. The cancer itself is dead but doctors need to see the tumors shrink more significantly or vanish altogether. Finally, "Happy Birthday!" to Jen, Austin's Mom. :)
Hey all! We have Austin's Army gear available for purchase. Hats are $20, come in navy or pink camo, and are one size fits all. Shirts are $15 and are S-XXL. Leave me your address in the personal message spot and I will mail the cool stuff directly to you! Thank you!
Austin update: he continues to be fever free and have clean cultures. Earlier today the pain was more bearable and he was able to get up and briefly walk. However, at about 9 this evening the pain started returning and the headache was severe. The headache could be from the morphine or a side effect from all the other meds. His white counts still need to come up. "Lord, we rebuke this pain in the healing Name of Jesus and ask for your peace that passes all understanding to flood over and through Austin's body. Amen."
I heard from Austin's Mom...Great news! Fever free and clean cultures today! This needs to continue for another 24 hours AND he needs to eat and drink on his own and have only tolerable pain. The prayers are working so keep them coming!
I was fortunate to spend a couple hours with Austin and his Mom tonight. He is physically and mentally exhausted but fighting hard. His temp was down to 100.4, he was still in severe pain, but he was resisting the morphine. One of his docs came in while I was there and he was cracking jokes with her. She said that for him to go home he needs to 1) be fever free 2) have clean cultures 3) show an increase in white cell counts 4) be able to eat and drink orally and 5) have tolerable pain all for a minimum of 48 hours. This requires a miracle but nothing is too big or impossible for our God!
Update: Austin continues to be in severe pain and fight a high fever. He is being aggressively treated with fluids, antibiotics, and blood transfusions. He has intestinal pain, headaches, and his platelet and hemoglobin counts are very low. Doctors are doing all they can to keep him comfortable but have said he will remain in the hospital for at least 10 days.
"But for you who revere my Name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays." Malachi 4:2
Urgent prayers needed now. Austin's fever has spiked to 108 and he has had hallucinations. He's received IV fluids, antibiotics, and a blood transfusion. He has remained relatively calm and relaxed about everything except when his fever gets so high that he hallucinates. Please pray the fever gets controlled soon and that his blood counts begin to increase as he is currently neutropenic and unable to fight any infection on his own.
Austin needs prayers. He went back into the hospital tonight with a fever and severe stomach pain. Please pray this resolves quickly and he can return home soon to rest before his next round of chemo starts on August 1.
Hey y'all! Come out and get yer redneck on for a good cause. There will be a fundraiser for Austin at Hooters (Marana, AZ) from 5-11pm today. Marc Summersett of CE Entertainment will MC the night riddled with fun games and activities. From 8pm to 10pm mention Austin's Army Foundation to get 20% donated to Austin's fight to beat cancer. This fundraiser will be held in conjunction with theCHIVE, a fun website that supports individuals in different cities through CHIVE Charities. Hope to see all y'all tonight!
Following a relaxing weekend with family in Bisbee, Austin returned to UAMC Diamond Children's this morning to start round 4 of chemo. Please pray for strength, good test results, no infections, his blood counts to stay high, and his intestines to function smoothly. Thank you all for your tremendous support!
Hello, Austin's Army! I wanted to let you know about an exciting fundraising opportunity for Austin's medical fund that just fell into our laps. On Monday, July 15, the Hooters at Ina & Thornydale will be hosting an event to benefit Austin. They will have a party from 5-11pm and there will be a booth set up with info about Austin and how to financially support him. They will also donate 20% of their food sales from 8-10pm, which is their busiest time slot. In addition, the Chive will be advertising the event nationally and will send social media updates along with the donation website. Huge thanks to Cindy Bellavia and her sister for arranging this! Hope to see all of you at Hooters, July 15, 8-10pm.
Good news! Austin was released yesterday from Diamond Children's Hospital and was able to go with his family to Bisbee for the weekend. His MRI, CT, and blood work were all normal. Doctors believe the seizure he had late Wednesday night was a side effect of the chemo. He starts his fourth round of chemo on Monday. My family and I had a chance to visit with him on Thursday and he was in good spirits but annoyed that he was stuck in the hospital on the 4th of July. The desire to live a "normal" teenage life is overwhelming but difficult right now.
Austin is home! He was released from the hospital yesterday because his blood counts and intestines continued to improve. He does still have a sensitive stomach but, despite that, he got up early this morning to make his Mom breakfast in bed. He wanted to thank her for staying with him and caring for him all those long nights in the hospital. This is just one reason why we all love Austin so much.
Hey, Austin's Army! Don't forget to eat at Chick-fil-A on July 4th! Come enjoy good food for a great cause, any time between 10:30am-6pm, at the Oracle Road location in Tucson. Chick-fil-A will donate 10% of the entire day's proceeds to Austin's Medical Fund. Spread the word and bring your friends. I hope to see you there and celebrate Independence Day with my fellow Austin's Army warriors.
Hello All! Austin is gradually improving. His intestines are working again and he was able to have broth for the first time in two weeks instead of just IV nutrition. His blood counts are finally increasing and are at .7. We need them to be at 13 in order for his next round of chemo to begin. Keep praying for the counts to come up, the fever to stay down, and for him to be able to eat solid food.
To all of Austin's Army supporters: please continue to pray for and encourage Austin. He is still in the hospital with severe stomach complications. He is restricted from all foods and liquids until his intestines can recover. He is in pain and losing weight. Pray against any recurring infections or a return of the fever. Austin and his family are struggling with the constant physical and emotional battles and the toll being taken on their family. Please surround them in your love and prayers.
Great news! Austin had a PET scan today which revealed that his cancer is dead. Praise God! He is not officially in remission but is on the right track. He started his third round of chemo today and we are all hoping it goes smoothly. He and his family do not yet know what the wonderful news means in terms of future treatments. Everyone, your prayers are working. Thank you for your support and keep praying for Austin to remain strong and continue to fight this insidious disease.
Good news! Austin is home. He was released yesterday and hopefully won't need to return until the 13th when he starts his third round of chemo. One lung and one kidney are inflamed but docs feel that it will resolve on its own. His counts were down to zero but are slowly climbing. More than anything, Austin needs prayer to lift his spirit. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Mt. 11:28
Attention Austin's Army! For those planning on attending the Sauce & Frost Fundraiser and Raffle tomorrow night, here is an update. First, you do not need a flyer at Sauce for your purchase to count towards Austin's medical fund. However, you do at Frost. I've attached the flyer so you may print a copy and bring it with you. Second, if you forget or don't have a flyer, we will have some onsite to hand you as you go in to order. Third, there will be some awesome raffle prizes available like a custom Arai Defiant Helmet, a round of golf for 4, and a weekend at The Ritz. Tickets are $5-$10 and all proceeds benefit Austin.
Hi All. Prayers are needed. Austin went in to the clinic at Diamond Children's today for a check-up and instead is being admitted because he has a fever. This means he probably has an infection of some kind. His blood counts are back down to zero and he's lost 30lbs. He only weighs 88lbs. Let's pray that his body starts to produce more blood cells and is able to fight the infection. I know he had been hoping to attend the fundraiser tomorrow night but I highly doubt this will be possible now even if the infection is gone and his counts increase.
Hey everybody! Austin continues to do well at home. He is understandably tired and has lost a lot of weight. Monday he goes in for a check-up. Please pray that his blood counts are normal and that everything else looks acceptable to the docs. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the big fundraiser night, June 4, 5-9pm, at Sauce & Frost in the Casas Adobes Plaza. I look forward to seeing everybody there!
Hello, Austin's Army! First, a quick update. Austin is home (Hallelujah!) following his latest 5-day round of chemo. The docs ordered a lower dose in an effort to avoid or lessen some of the nasty side effects. So far, this approach seems to be working. He is nauseous, tired, and has lost a lot of weight, but is otherwise ok. Austin is hopeful that he will be able to attend the Sauce & Frost fundraiser. Second, the big fundraiser night is rapidly approaching! Don't forget to come out and join us this coming Tuesday, June 4, 5-9pm, at the Ina & Oracle locations of Sauce and Frost. We will be on hand to pass out flyers for the event. Frost is asking that you bring in a flyer along with your order so they will know you are part of Austin's Army. My hope is that Austin's Army takes over Sauce & Frost on Tuesday. As always, thanks for your support and prayers!
Austin had a great couple of days at home. On Thursday morning he was given the doctors' blessing to attend his 8th grade graduation. There wasn't a dry eye in the house as he walked on stage to receive his diploma. On Friday afternoon, he was readmitted to UAMC Diamond Children's as planned for his next round of chemo. Starting Friday, he will undergo 5 straight days of chemotherapy. They are planning on administering a lower dose in hopes of keeping his intestines functioning properly. If all goes well, he will be able to go home in between treatments. Thanks for your continued prayers and support!
Austin will have surgery tomorrow to receive his port through which he will receive his chemo treatments. He will have one day of chemo on Wednesday and then will begin 5 straight days on Friday. Doctors plan to give him a lower dose this round in an attempt to keep his intestines working properly. He is very anxious about the procedure tomorrow and starting the chemo again. Lord, we pray for a peace that passes all understanding to flood Austin's heart and mind and for an easy, successful procedure.
Austin is feeling a little bit better today but is still fighting some kind of infection. He has severe lower back pain on one side leading the docs to believe that kidney stones may be the culprit. He is still able to eat food (if you can call cream of wheat 'food') and is trying to regain some strength. Wednesday, he walked for the first time in two weeks. With the aid of a walker, he traveled to the nurse's station and back, then took a long nap. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Praise report! Austin is doing much better. His Monday CT Scan revealed a 25% decrease in size of the massive chest tumor and that the head and kidney tumors are gone. He does have what doctors believe to be a spot of fluid in his brain. They are monitoring it but aren't very concerned. Austin is feeling a little better each day and is finally able to eat a little real food. Docs are hopeful he will be able to home either today or tomorrow. His next chemo will be Monday in the clinic nd then he will be readmitted Wednesday for five straight days of chemo.
Austin continues to improve, slowly but steadily. His blood counts still need to come up and he's starting to lose his hair but, so far, no further setbacks. He will most likely have to stay in the hospital until after his next chemo treatment which will probably be this Thursday. Thank you all for your prayers and support!
Austin continued to improve today and was moved from ICU back to the 6th floor at Diamond Children's. Let's pray that the picc line infection resolves and his counts come up enough that he can be home in time for Mother's Day. If all goes well, he will resume chemo next week.
Austin had a better day today! He's still in the ICU but his vitals are normal, his intestines are starting to function properly, his white cell count has increased from 0 to .2, and he finally got some sleep. Unfortunately, he now has an infection in his picc line. Doctors are hopeful that he can be released once the infection is gone and his blood counts start to increase. Keep those prayers coming!
Austin has been moved to ICU because his fever has been spiking to 105, his heart rate is still too high, and his blood pressure is too low. His intestines still aren't functioning quite right and he is now battling pneumonia. Despite all this, he and the doctors remain positive. He is determined to fight and WIN the fight against cancer. Stay strong, Austin! Courage.
Austin remains in the hospital but has so far avoided the ICU. His blood pressure has stabilized but is still too low. He is so weak that he can't sit up on his own. They've inserted a tube in his stomach through his nose to help remove the waste building up in his intestines. He's on 3 IV abx to help with the bacterial infection. The one piece of good news is that yesterday's X-ray revealed the tumors in his chest and lungs are shrinking which means the chemo is working. Doctors just need to get the various complications and expected side effects under control. Despite the tremendous struggles, Austin is trying to remain upbeat and positive, but he and his family are exhausted and drained. He is fighting for his life, they are pouring every ounce of energy into his support, and they need prayer warriors to fight with them every day. Please join Austin's Army.
Austin is finally home! He has two weeks until his next chemo treatment but will go in weekly to have his blood counts monitored. The Thacker Family is humbled and heartened by your prayers and support. Please encourage your friends to join Austin's Army in the fight against cancer.
Update on Austin: unfortunately, Austin did not get to go home on Sunday. He finished the three 12-hour long intensive chemo treatments but has developed raw sores on his throat causing him to vomit blood and be unable to drink or eat. They have given him a feeding tube and will release him as soon as he can eat and drink on his own. Please continue to pray for his recovery and spread the word about Austin's Army.
Wow! I am overwhelmed by everyone's generosity. Thank you for supporting Austin and his family during this incredibly difficult time. Praying that the donations would continue to pour in and cover the looming medical bills.
Austin Thacker, 15, was diagnosed April 12, 2013 with non-Hodgkin's Diffused Mature B Cell Lymphoma. He has tumors in his head, chest, lungs, kidneys, and spinal column. His parents have limited insurance and will end up paying a sizeable portion out of pocket. The doctors are also strongly recommending that he receive a shot with each chemo treatment that will help boost his blood counts. This shot, which he will need 6-10 times, is not covered by insurance and will cost $3800 each time it is administered. Despite the challenges he faces, Austin is not defined or intimidated by his cancer. Instead, he chooses to focus on his faith, his family, his love of writing, and playing soccer. He has already begun a journal of his experiences as a cancer patient and hopes to help other kids in his situation in the future. Please consider donating and joining Austin's Army in the battle against cancer. Thank you for your help and God Bless!
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