Help Mike Jones beat cancer
Our dad Mike was diagnosed with a blood cancer called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) in April of this year. The form of MDS that he has is aggressive, but the good news is that there is a treatment option. He has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment to combat the cancerous cells, but will ultimately need a bone marrow transplant in hopes of curing his condition. This bone marrow transplant will need to take place out of state at UCLA medical center. Recently, our dad's hematologist informed him that he needs to go to UCLA and receive the bone marrow transplant sooner than expected because of the progression of his MDS even with the current chemotherapy treatment.
We are reaching out to you to help in any way you can to raise funds to help take care of mounting medical bills current and future, living expenses, and travel for getting treatment out of state.
None of us expect that cancer will hit so close to home, and then it happens. It happens quickly and out of no where. We would like our dad to focus on treatment and physical healing, and our mom to focus on care taking. Our dad is unable to work at this time, and our mom is working as hard as she can to keep up with the bills of life in addition to care taking responsibilities. Any financial assistance you can provide would help greatly to relieve them of the heavy financial burden a cancer diagnosis can take on a family.
In addition to any financial assistance you can provide, we ask that you place our dad and mom on your prayer lists, and provide them with words of encouragement when you can.
Thank you so much for your time, your support, and your donations. It means more to us that you will ever know!
Candace and Kevin
Since my last update, which was much too long ago, things have been pretty steady for my dad for the most part. He continued to receive chemotherapy and has had appointments at UCLA medical center about once per month. Amongst all the medical treatment and appointments, my parents had the joy of meeting their first grandchild, my son James Patrick Love ("JP"), the day he was born on August 1st. In the unknown of all my dad's medical treatment, JP has brought so much happiness to us all.
About one month ago it appeared there could be a match and we are so thankful to the anonymous donor who is selflessly making a life saving decision in their donation. I hope and pray that everyone who is able joins the bone marrow registry. You never know when you might be a match and save a life. Go to www.bethematch.org for more information.
Everything has gone well and moved forward with the donor and we are now on the brink of the next huge challenge.
My parents packed up and headed down to Los Angeles for my dad to be admitted to UCLA medical center this Saturday, December 3rd, to begin the transplant process. To the best of my knowledge, he will receive 8 days of intense chemotherapy to destroy his bone marrow followed by a day of rest. They then call the following day, day zero, a new Birthday that my dad will celebrate every year. They will come in with balloons and sing happy birthday. This is the day my dad with receive the donor bone marrow. He will remain in the hospital for the rest of the month. Then he will stay at the UCLA Tiverton house (a hotel for UCLA medical patients) for about 1 month. He will require 24/7 care provided by my mom and my dad's brother, Terry. My dad will have 2-3 appointments each day to continue to monitor his progress. He will hopefully be able to go home at this point but will be monitored closely over the next year.
Again, this information is to the best of my knowledge at this point and can change depending on how he responds to the transplant. For this reason, I will be starting a Caring Bridge website/page for more frequent updates. You can find this page at: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mikejonesupdates. Go ahead and sign up if you'd like updates.
It's a long, tough road ahead but any of you that know my dad know how tough he is. Please keep our family in your prayers. Prayers specifically for strength for my dad's body to endure the chemotherapy, healing and success as he receives the transplant, peace for my whole family in the midst of the unknown, and guidance for the doctors and nurses that are caring for him.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!
God bless and love to you all,
We are so overwhelmed by your generous donations and support. Thank you so much! There are no updates on our Dad's condition as of right now, but he wanted to send out a note of gratitude to you all...
Dear family and friends,
I am humbled beyond words. Your gifts of help have overwhelmed me. I am so thankful for the caring you have all shared for Gina and I and also for being such good friends to our family.
So I thank you with undying gratitude and appreciation for the words of encouragement and strength you have shared.
Love to you all, Mike Jones