Please help Jesse to get better

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Raised by 303 people in 23 months
Jesse was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic
Leukemia
In 2013 just before his 3rd b'day. After persistant fevers for a week we knew something was not right and that there had to be some sort of infection somewhere.
We took jesse to the Royal Children's hospital
to try and find out what was going on with our little man.
Within 2 hours a team of 2 nurses and 2 doctors walk in and told us every parents worst nightmare, Jesse has cancer.
With 10 months of chemotherapy jesse was in remission.
In 2015 with a routine check up of blood count and a Lumpar puncture we where told that jesse had relapsed.
Again we where faced with along fight ahead. Thankfully again after 10 months of intense chemotherapy and radiation jesse went into remission again.
In 2017 Jesse at age 6 started grade 1 at Marymede Catholic College. Jesse starting playing basketball for Marymede Flames in the under 8s. Jesse was so excited to be playing basketball just like his older sister and brother. Everything seems to be going great and Jesse was loving life.
Again after a routine check up in April 2017 Jesse relapsed again.
Chemotherapy won't work this time so now jesse is faced with the only option of having a Bone Marrow Transplant.
We have now been put on the registra world wide and looking for a suitable donor to save Jesse.
Over the next couple of weeks or months when Jesse gets back into remission and a suitable donor is found we will then prepare him for a transplant.
Jesse's mum will be at the hospital full time making sure Jesse is getting the care he needs. This means Jesse's dad has to reduce his hours he is able to work or give up work to care for Jesse's 2 older sibilings.
The family has been through so much in the last few years.
We are asking for you to help in any way possible to try and ease the financial burden on the family so they can focus on worrying about getting Jesse better and supporting Jesse 's sister and brother.
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Novermber 25 2017 was jesse's Day 100 since his Bone Marrow Transplant and we are happy to report that jesse is doing really well. Over the past six months jesse has fought the battle of his life. Back in june when we were told that jesse had relapsed we were absolutely devastated to learn that the Leukemia had come back for a third time. Our world which had started to return to some normality was again starting to fall apart. My first reaction was why, not again we can't do this again, how am i going to get my family through this and stay strong. All i had to do was look at jesse and see the fight and determination in his eyes to know he wasn't going to let Leukemia win this battle so the boxing gloves were on again and back in the ring we go. As you can imagine telling your child that he has Leukemia again wasn't going to be easy but in true jesse style his response was "im going to kick this Leukemia in the butt once and for all, you watch". So the battle began. How much can jesse's body take, the last 2 times the chemo and radiation was so intense and brutal but he fought through it like a champ. Me on the other hand was a mess to start with but had to get my shit together pretty quickly as things were moving fast. Jesse was put on the world registrar to look for a suitable donor. As jesse went through 2 rounds of chemo and radiation he was having serious side affects and we were worried that his body was not recovering and we had to postpone the transplant. We had 2 possible donors but in the end 1 was dropped due to a detected virus and the other pulled out and was not available to donate due to the timing of the transplant. By this stage we were not confident that this was going to happen. Jesse was so weak, the donor pulled out and i was beside myself. Doctors reassured me that transplant was going ahead and that i was the donor and jesse was showing signs that his little body was starting to recover. In june we entered the Transplant Ward and started the Conditioning Chemo to kill off his Bone Marrow.A week and a half before Transplant the second donor reconsidered and contacted the hospital and said he would donate his Bone Marrow to save jesse. What a roller coaster ride of emotions. On 17 August as you all know jesse had his Bone Marrow Transplant. Finally there was light at the end of this very dark tunnel. On the day of Transplant jesse was really happy and well. We played Uno for the hour and a half of the transplant with 2 nurses by jesse's bedside watching him very closely and watching him cheat at Uno. 2 doctors were outside the room and frank and i were on our knees praying that our little boy would get through this and be ok. As parents we have seen our son go through hell and back too many times. We have shed too many tears and fell to our knees too many times and prayed for jesse. We thank God everyday for giving jesse the strength and determination to fight this battle and win. He always said he will be ok don't worry, im a tuff cookie watch me. Day 32 Jesse was sent home to continue his isolution at home. We visited the hospital 2-3 times a week and doctors were happy with his recovery. He worked so had to get home, he told the doctors very early on that there was no way he was going to stay in isolution for 100 Days. The doctors were amazed at how well he did after transplant that they had to admit jesse was right he can go home. We are finally at Day 100 but over they last couple of weeks jesse has had some issues to deal with which you can get after transplant so isolation will continue until doctors resolve this issues and allow jesse to go out more or have visitors.
We would like to thank the Marymede Basketball Club and especially narelle, mary and nicole for organising the gofundme page for jesse which raised over $25,000. To mick,silvana and lauren Aliquo who organised the fundraser event for jesse and raised over $15,000. We are speechless and so overwhelmed by your generosity and the time you took to plan this event and raise soo much money. To all the amazing people, families, businesses and companies that donated, how do we thankyou...My promise to you all was that we were going to get jesse through this and get him back to school back to basketball and back to living life. To his teacher Mrs Preziuso and his class mates thankyou for all the cards and gifts you sent jesse it played such a big part in his recovery. To everyone that has donated please know that your donations have kept a roof over our heads and food on the table and supplied jesse with every Nerf Gun available. We as a famliy are so very grateful to you all.
Although jesse still has along road ahead we are staying positive and confident that jesse will get through this and recover well. As always he will continue to work hard and fight like a champion. Although he is only 7 yrs old he knows how much love and support is out there and he is very grateful. I have read every message and every name of donations that was sent his way and he always said " mum make sure you thank them". So again from jesse and family Thankyou xxxxx
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Today at 1pm 17-8-17 Jesse had his Bone Marrow Transplant.
The Transplant took just over an hour and he couldn't even sit still for it.
He will contiue to be closely monitored but so far so good. Well done Jesse we are so proud of you. We are so proud of Jesse's family also xxx
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Hi all we know it has been a while since we gave an update on Jesse Please keep Jesse and his family in your thoughts as they battle through the next stages.

Over the past 6 weeks Jesse has completed his second round of chemo to prepare him for transplant. In the past 3 weeks Jesse has been in hospital having side effects from the new trial drug that he was taking to help keep him in remission. It has been a brutal 3 weeks for Jesse who was so unwell that even his oncology team where concerned about the side effects he was having. Thankfully in the last few days Jesse seems to be getting back to his old self and only dealing with a few issues that we are still trying to manage before we go into transplant.
Jesse has been home for a few days recovering and spending time with his family. On Sunday the 6th of August Jesse will be admitted to the transplant ward and will start conditioning chemotherapy for the next 8 days in preparation for his Bone Marrow Transplant which will take place on the 16th of August. Jesse has a good Bone Marrow Match from someone overseas who has agreed to donate there Bone Marrow to save Jesse. As the Transplant gets closer we as a family are feeling all sorts of emotions. We are so grateful to someone we don't even know that are giving there Bone Marrow to an amazing little boy who just wants to go back to school, play basketball and get on with life.
We are looking at about 100 days isolation so preparing the family for this long road ahead has been challenging to say the least. We are so determined to get through this and get Jesse back to doing all the things he loves to do.
The love and support that we continue to get is still so overwhelming and i don't know how to thank each and every one of you for your messages and prayers and positive vibes you all send Jesse's way. Thankyou and please continue to keep Jesse in your prayers.
Love Vinci Family ❤
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An up date on Jesse progress.
Jesse has now completed the first round of chemo and a new trial drug to get him into remission. I am happy to report that Jesse results from his Bone Marrow Test have come back negative which means Jesse has achieved remission again.
We are in the process of looking at 2 possible donours that could match Jesse but the Genetic Screening is stilk not complete. We are hopefully that 1 of these donours is a good match.
Jesse will now have a few days rest as his bloods are too low to start the next round of chemo so we are hoping he will start the next round next week. If all goes well Jesse Transplant will take place at the end of July. It is a complicated process and we need to make sure Jesse can handle whats ahead. We would like to Thank everyone for your donations, prayers and support through out this difficult time it has been so overwhelming that so many of you have prayed for Jesse to get better and fight this. He will fight and win.
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Melinda Wood
23 months ago
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Hi, my name is Melinda and I run and own the tutoring academy. If Jesse or his siblings need any help at all wjrhctheir schooling, please contact me. I would love to help. I can't donate as I myself am in over my head with vet bills and have a go fund me page too, but I can help with offering any education support, free of charge. I hope he gets better soon.

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Michelle Lemin
22 months ago
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What a gorgeous boy! Bless him ♥ Maybe you could get in touch with the Red Cross. I organised a Bone Marrow drive for a gentleman with AML looking for a match. We had over 150 people attend (over 4 sessions) and take the blood test. They usually advise you of heritage they are looking for in a match to refine the search. If you need any assistance with this I am more than happy to help. I am from South Morang too :) My thoughts to Jesse and the family xxx

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GL
$35
Gerard Large
19 months ago

We miss you Jesse, keep fighting Champ.

TC
$200
Toni Cavalieri
19 months ago

With lots of love and support to you Jesse and family. Looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces back at school!

MM
$100
Maria Molinaro
19 months ago

Jesse, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Maria, Luke and Michael Molinaro.

MV
$250
Minal Vohra
19 months ago

Best of luck Anna and Jesse. Thinking of you all -

JK
$50
Jurgen Von Krumbelberger
20 months ago

All the best to ya mate, keep fighting the good fight!

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Anonymous
21 months ago
Melinda Wood
23 months ago
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Hi, my name is Melinda and I run and own the tutoring academy. If Jesse or his siblings need any help at all wjrhctheir schooling, please contact me. I would love to help. I can't donate as I myself am in over my head with vet bills and have a go fund me page too, but I can help with offering any education support, free of charge. I hope he gets better soon.

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Michelle Lemin
22 months ago
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What a gorgeous boy! Bless him ♥ Maybe you could get in touch with the Red Cross. I organised a Bone Marrow drive for a gentleman with AML looking for a match. We had over 150 people attend (over 4 sessions) and take the blood test. They usually advise you of heritage they are looking for in a match to refine the search. If you need any assistance with this I am more than happy to help. I am from South Morang too :) My thoughts to Jesse and the family xxx

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