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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