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August's Fight

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Created October 22, 2018
Support the Roussell Family in August's Fight Against Lymphoma
On October 10, 2018, the Roussell family was rocked with unimaginable news--their son August, not quite 3 years old, had a large cancerous tumor in his chest.  What Anita and Alex thought was a simple cold became a battle against t-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma.

33913264_1540194139159592_r.jpeg-August at Disneyland

The Symptoms
On Monday, October 8th, Anita and Alex noticed that Auggie had some swelling in his face.  While he was getting over a cold at the time, thinking he also might be having an allergic reaction to something, they brought him into his pediatrician.  No definitive diagnosis was made, and they were told to keep an eye on the swelling.  By the morning of Wednesday, October 10th, in addition to the facial swelling, they noticed that Auggie's jugular veins were bulging.  They immediately contacted the pediatrician, who ordered x-rays and bloodwork.  The x-rays revealed something abnormal in Auggie's chest.  Fearing a heart issue, they were referred to a cardiologist for an echocardiogram.  While the echocardiogram confirmed a healthy heart, it also confirmed a large mass in Auggie's chest.  They were sent straight to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in a Sacramento area hospital. 

After being admitted to PICU, August had a CT scan that revealed that the mass was large (10cm), and that he also had some nodules on his kidneys.  A biopsy, initially scheduled for Friday, had to be postponed because doctors were unable to sedate him due to the size of the tumor compromising his airway.  Auggie started on a steroid treatment, with the goal of shrinking the tumor enough so he could be sedated for a biopsy.  

33913264_1540194346394994_r.jpeg-August and mommy, 10-13-18

The Diagnosis
A biopsy on Monday, October 15 revealed that August has T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. This cancer is a rare type of fast-growing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  It starts when white blood cells, called lymphocytes, become abnormal and grow in an uncontrolled way.  

The Treatment Plan
August began his path to healing on Wednesday, October 17, when he received his first chemo treatment.  An intense treatment regimen is scheduled for the first 4 weeks, where a combination of IV and oral chemotherapuetics will be administered and his blood counts will be closely monitored.  After this initial 4 weeks, he will be reevaluated (bone marrow, CT scan, echocardiogram, etc.), and then he will begin the next phase of treatment. 

33913264_1540194515997760_r.jpeg-August, on the day of his 2nd IV chemo treatment 

The Family's Fight 
Throughout this process, August has kept his spirits high, as only a child can, with his spunky, feisty personality.  His resiliency and positive attitude through this ordeal have only strengthened the family's resolve to do everything they can to get him healthy.  

33913264_1540194582534010_r.jpeg-August, smiling through it all ❤️

In total, the oncologist has informed Anita and Alex that they should prepare for at least 5-6 months of chemotherapy treatment to get their Auggie well.  In addition to the constant hospital visits for treatment, Auggie will require 24 hour care and monitoring at home, as the chemotherapy treatments take their toll on his body and his immune system.  

In order to care for Auggie during this critical time, Anita and Alex will be unable to return to their regular working schedules for the foreseeable future.  And as most of you know, they just welcomed baby Emerson into the world a few short months ago.  They both took time off of work through the summer to bond with their new son, and neither of them has much, if any, sick/vacation days left.

33913264_1540194812409897_r.jpeg-Big brother August, baby Emerson, and Cooper

Please consider donating to "August's Fight" in order to help with the financial burdens of battling this horrible cancer.  Anita and Alex are determined to do anything and everything they can to get their son healthy.  All donations will go directly to them, in order to help offset the costs of medical treatment, travel, lodging, etc. to get their son well.   

The entire Rousssell/Leung family has been overwhelmed with the love and support, positive thoughts and prayers that they have received over the last 2 weeks.  The hospital visits, phone calls, emails, and texts of support have strengthened them during this ordeal, and they are so grateful to be surrounded by so much love.  Thank you for considering a donation to help August and family fight and beat lymphoma!  

33913264_1540194909462129_r.jpeg-The Roussell Family

You can stay updated on August's fight by visiting their CaringBridge webpage here.
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#AuggieStrong T-Shirt Fundraiser News:

We have a limited number of #AuggieStrong t-shirts in (unisex) sizes small and medium available for immediate pick-up or delivery. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt to support Auggie and his family in his fight against lymphoma, please use the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JPJOTwMXqTTkEoTjknad7U_4YAHQA2Pqey8AwLd_uKQ

Thank you so much!
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#AuggieStrong T-shirt fundraiser update...

Our #AuggieStrong t-shirts have arrived!!! If you chose to have your shirt shipped, it will be on its way to you this week. For those of you who are local to the Modesto area, you will be contacted for pick-up options.

Thank you again for your patience! We appreciate your support, and we are looking forrward to seeing you all rockin’ #AuggieStrong!
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Auggie and I went into the hospital unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan 23 after he developed a fever of 100.5. Because he had an ANC of zero any fever is dangerous. I called the doctors and they told us to head straight to the hospital to be admitted. We ended up staying until Saturday, Jan 26. Thankfully the fever that he had was not due to a bacterial infection from his port. All the blood cultures were negative! But, his ANC has been slow to recover. We rechecked on Thursday, Jan 31 with the hopes of starting his next phase of treatment (interim maintenance #1), but were not able to start because his ANC was only at 200 and it has to be 750 before we can proceed. Auggie did need another blood transfusion that day, but we were able to go home that afternoon.

So, we have been at home for almost a full week! I feel like that hasn't happened in a really long time. It's been a nice break for everyone and really great that Auggie could play, ride his bike and visit Alex at work - Auggie loves the fire station! It also has given him a chance to try to catch up on his sleep since when we were in the hospital he did not get much rest.

Also, I am thankful that the last few days Auggie's appetite has improved. His weight has slowly been declining since November and he now weighs less than he did in October when we first found out he has lymphoma. Chemo makes tastebuds change, can make you feel full quickly and causes inappettance. So, it has been a daily challenge to get him to eat! Some meals take well over an hour of coaxing, bribing, really doing anything, to get him to eat. Hopefully, he hasn't lost more weight this week

After being in the hospital so many times now, I really appreciate sleeping in my own bed and using my own shower! It has been really great to be able to be home with Emerson as well. He is getting so big! He's starting to crawl and has the best smiles. It's really hard having to be away from him when we have appointments and hospital stays, but I am thankful that if Alex isn't at home with him, that my parents are. Emerson absolutely adores them and they take great care of him! ❤

This Thursday we head back to the clinic and get Auggie's blood count checked. If his numbers are good then we will go to the hospital to be admitted and start his next round of chemotherapy. I am hopeful he will make counts.

Watch for another update soon! Thanks for keeping up with Auggie's battle against lymphoma. We continue to have an incredible amount of support from family and friends. Feel free to call or text me...I find that I do have some down time and it's nice to connect with the "real" world!

Stay #AuggieStrong #BeStrongLikeAugust
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A note to our wonderful “Auggie Strong” t-shirt fundraiser supporters...

We are currently awaiting a large order from a group of co-workers and will submit all orders within about a week of this update. T-shirt production turnaround should then take less than 2 weeks time. I will post another update when t-shirts are ready for pick-up/delivery.

We sincerely apologize for the delay and thank you for your continued patience. Thank you so very much for supporting Auggie and the Roussell family! #AuggieStrong ❤️
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