Help Brad Battle Leukemia

$31,450 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 139 people in 5 months
Created April 16, 2018
On April 2nd, 2018 our dad, Brad Snapp, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of acute Leukemia. We were told that without immediate treatment he would live only a couple months. April 11th he was admitted to the hospital for anywhere between 30-40 days, until complete remission occurs. At that time he will be allowed home for only a short time, before he will undergo a bone marrow transplant, followed by another 3 months in a secluded living space near the hospital.

It goes without saying that this news has thrown our worlds into a complete tailspin. It has been devastating, scary, confusing, and it's all happened so incredibly fast. No one has had much time to really think about the financial crisis this is going to be for Brad and Cindy. Truth is, not very many people could live for 5-6 months on less than 1/2 their income plus a medical bill that is inestimatable. 

My whole life my parents have stretched slightly beyond their means, relying on faith and frugality, to continually provide me and my brothers opportunities that allowed us to become the people we are today. We are forever indebted to them, and because of this; and like many of you, we want to do whatever we can do within our control to be there for them when life gets really, really  hard.

That time has very unexpectedly come, and we want to ask something very big of all of you. Some have known my parents since they were born, some met them when you were all young kids, some are relatives both near and far, co-workers, acquaintances, some of you are my friends, or Luke and Josh's friends. So many people have shown such support, and asked how they can help, we are truly blessed by the company we keep. We cannot say thank you enough for the sincerity we have felt.

Can we come together financially to support two of the most humbled-hearted, compassionate, generous, loving, and most genuine people we have ever come to know? 

What we can say we know for sure is that cancer is awful, and it really can strike anyone at anytime. It is REALLY unfair, and it has the power to destroy a person and their family in more ways than one. You never think it will happen to you, but then one day you wake up and it's all you think about. We are all forever even more compassionate and ready to help others in our situation than ever before.

We did a little math, and if we can find 200 people who would be willing to donate $100 dollars each, we can help my parents pay the medical side of this beast. They would be blown away, and it would offer them reprieve from the daily stress and allow them to focus on my dad beating leukemia. 

Whatever your finances may allow you to afford, we come full of gratitude to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

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Another update here for everyone who has so graciously supported our parents during our dad’s journey fighting leukemia.

As of right now we have a bone marrow donor who has committed to donating his stem cells. He is a 28 year old man who we know nothing more about except that he has the same HLA and blood typing as my dad. The transplant is scheduled to take place on July 30th. We are so grateful to this incredible person, may his life be blessed for this life-saving gesture. We encourage everyone to look into being a bone marrow donor. Visit BeTheMatch.org together we can CURE blood cancers!

For the next two days we will be down at the clinic and hospital for two full days of workup testing to ensure Brad is strong enough and his organs are in a state to be able to undergo the transplant. Prior to transplant he will receive 5 days of chemo and then spend 3 weeks in the hospital. After that he won’t be able to be left alone for 3 months and also must live within 20 miles of the hospital. Currently Brad is feeling pretty good all things considered and is happily at home, instead of the hospital, managing chemo symptoms.

While we are far from out of the woods, we are so humbled and thankful for each of you who have kept us in your prayers, cooked meals, donated time and money, and sent messages of love and hope. We serve a big God. Love and hugs to you.
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Hello everyone just wanted to give an update here, as well as say thank you from the bottom of our hearts one more time for your generous gifts to help my parents through the next year. For those of you who don’t follow the Caring Bridge website, my dad is currently home from the hospital from induction therapy dealing with some side effects. He will be going back for more maintenance chemo soon while we wait for a stem cell donor. We are praying night and day that one of the potential 7 matches will follow through and donate to save my dad’s life.

I feel it a part of my responsibility to point young people specifically, but really everyone, to the Be The Match website, www.bethematch.org please educate yourselves and realize that we have the potential to avoid this difficult waiting period due to lack of donors if EVERYONE in the U.S. would sign up to be a donor. Science has come a long way and donating your stem cells is not nearly as invasive as people once thought.

Much love and hugs.
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Raised by 139 people in 5 months
Created April 16, 2018
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