Josiah's Journey

$11,957 of $20k goal

Raised by 68 people in 32 months
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Josiah was first diagnosed with leukemia in December 2009 at the age of seven. For the next few years he endured chemotherapy, surgery, losing his hair and missing out on many events and holidays because he was too sick to attend. He finished his last round of chemo in October 2012 when he actually started to enjoy being a ten year old boy. He started his first year in school (previously he was home schooled), he grew a brand new head of hair, and went fishing any chance he got. Everything looked like it was going great until in October 2013 he went in to get a check up to make sure his levels were consistent with remission. Everything came back positive but his platelets were low and because of this they wanted to test him again the next week. At his next visit they found that his platelets were still dropping and the next step was a bone marrow aspiration which would be held the next Tuesday. On that Tuesday, November 12th 2013, the day that was supposed to be his first basketball game at school, we got the heart breaking news that he had relapsed and that the leukemia had returned. He was admitted that day, had a port put in the following day and started chemotherapy on Thursday. The next step for Josiah is to have a bone marrow transplant to keep him healthy because the chemo that he had endured the first time he was diagnosed did not do the job that it was supposed to. This will be taking place at the University of Michigan Motts Children's Hospital hopefully in January. We are raising funds for the Lake family for monetary help during this time which will go towards gas, lodging while in Ann Arbor for the transplant and any wages that will be lost to care for Josiah during this time. Please join us in Josiah's Journey and lifting up the Lake family as they go through this very tough journey. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Update 4
28 months ago
Josiah received his bone marrow transplant on 2/14/14 (Happy Valentine's Day). He had some rough days following the transplant however, he continues to get stronger everyday. His counts are recovering as expected and he is now home with his family. He will have follow-up testing next week to see how the new bone marrow is growing and making a new home in his body. His family is so grateful for the support and generosity of so many people. The journey has been made easier to bear with the support of so many people. We can't thank you all enough for continued thoughts, prayers and support for Josiah. Please continue to send thoughts and prayers on behalf of Josiah and his family for their continued journey ahead.
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Update 3
30 months ago
We wanted to update everyone on Josiah since your love and out pouring of support means so much to us. He was admitted to the hospital this past week because his blood work showed an infection and received anti biopics whole there and finished his third week of chemo. After taking more cultures they came back negative and he has been released and is back at home. He has been very positive and smiling a lot. He will not be continuing chemo as planned but will be admitted at UofM the first week of February and his transplant is scheduled for February 13th. Thank you all again for the love and support and we can not begin to explain how much it means to us! God bless!
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Update 2
31 months ago
Thank you all for your contributions! Just wanted to share this amazing picture of the digital billboards that are helping get the word out about Running For Josiah!
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Update 1
31 months ago
Most of you have probably already heard but we have raised quite a bit more money from the bake sale and donor drive that we held for Josiah and the Lake family! We also received great news on the 16th that Josiah is in remission and we have found a 10/10 donor match for his bone marrow transplant! We are very excited about this and praise God for answering our prayers! The money raised so far and money that is still being raised will be used to pay for transportation expenses in the next coming weeks for traveling to and from U of M for testing that needs to be done before the transplant and for living expenses during the transplant and after. The family will need to rent an apartment to stay in the area after the transplant for a few months so that they are close to the hospital. Any and all donations are appreciated more than you know and thank you for supporting and joining us on Josiah's Journey.
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$11,957 of $20k goal

Raised by 68 people in 32 months
Created December 3, 2013
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Holly Craig     EATON RAPIDS, MI
NK
$50
Nancy Knapp
28 months ago

Please God, Bless this little boy and his family.

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CB
$50
Carol Bucholtz
29 months ago

Sorry to hear about Joshua. Holly, you are all grown up and beautiful. Hope this helps in some small way. Hello to Brenda and Tanya.

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MM
$100
Margaret Mitchell
30 months ago

Prayers to you and your family from our family during this difficult time.

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AL
$162
Adams Outdoor Lansing
30 months ago
RJ
$1,430
Run for Josiah
30 months ago (Offline Donation)
$100
Anonymous
31 months ago
LJ
$250
Lynn & Gregg Jankowski
31 months ago

Praying every day for you Josiah!

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WB
$50
Wilda Becker
31 months ago
MR
$50
Miriam Raines
31 months ago

Congratulations Jason on your 50 mile run!! Josiah keep fighting!!! You are in our thoughts and prayers!!!

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JC
$50
Jacob and Margaret Cook
31 months ago
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