Jennifer Parker TUCSON, AZ
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!+ Read More
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!
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