Axel Zohmann's fights Leukemia
At just 48 years old, Axel has an aggressive form of Leukemia that requires immediate further action, guaranteed to test the limits of the family and finances to the maximum.
Over the years, Axel has made a huge impact on many of us. He and Yoko were a world champion skydiving team where he was always there with a helping hand, coaching, and advice.
He has a long history in the Indoor skydiving world where he has made an impact at tunnels at Eloy, Airkix in the U.K. and iFLY as Regional Manager looking after a number of tunnels. He’s hired, influenced and changed the lives of countless iFLY team members. He just recently left Indoor Skydiving to set up his own business to assist his father.
Only a few weeks after starting his new career, he was diagnosed with Leukemia. Owing to the treatment and the required location of it, there is huge strain on the family and finance. As a friend and colleague over the years, you will know that Axel was always there to help- now it’s our turn.
With Axel's massive positive attitude and Yoko's amazing organizational skills, we know that the family will get through this. And let's not forget the role of their two children who are now well educated in this disease and in a good place to support their dad whilst continuing school.
Details of the diagnosis and treatment are below, please do read on but we ask you to dig deep for Axel just as he has done for others.
Axel got diagnosed with an aggressive version of Leukemia (AML M7, acute type, with a chromosome translocation) mid-November last year.
During a business trip early November, he suddenly had an infected root canal, sore gums and felt very fatigued. When returning home, he had a root canal surgery followed by a gingivitis treatment. After feeling some chest pain a few days later, he then got diagnosed with pneumonia at the ER where they also did a blood test. When the blood test came back, doctors couldn't believe the result and immediately repeated the test. The white blood cell count was over 300, normally it should be between 5-8.
He was immediately admitted to the hospitals oncology department and started chemo therapy the next day. After a one month stay, he was able to be released with occasional chemo treatments-the next one starting February 13th.
Because his type of Leukemia is considered high risk, he will need a stem cell transplant this March to increase the chances of a full recovery. This process will take until June to be completed.
He hasn't been able to start his business as planned, so not having income since last summer has been financially challenging. On top of household expenses, mortgage, insurance, out of network charges and child-care, there are much more expenses for treatments that are not covered by the insurance. The transplant has to be done in San Antonio for one month and after that doctors require to stay close to the hospital for 2-3 months in case of complications through infections. This means more expenses since Axel needs to rent an apartment close by.
To keep the cancer in remission long term, as his type of Leukemia is considered high risk for relapse unless treated very well, Axel has also been doing natural alternative/supplemental treatments to boost his immune system (which have been very successful for others with a similar condition) and to build up strength for the upcoming chemo's and the harsh transplant process.
The transplant procedure will start very soon in March. We are currently working very seriously to make his treatment successful and make a FULL RECOVERY by fall in 2017.
We truly appreciate your support! Thank you very much!
Thanks so much for your support for Axel! Trevor
Thank you everyone and please share and pass the campaign on we need everyone's support
I am honestly more than overwhelmed by the response to the “go fund me” initiative. I knew I am part of an awesome community of super kind people but this is amazing! Thank you!
I am sorry if I can’t get back to all of you individually to thank you at this point as I am deep into healing and research but I will soon, and I for sure appreciate you all so much!
The financial support has been overwhelming! On top of all the expenses, we are adding many natural treatments that are not covered by insurance to boost the healing process, so we sure need it. Thank you!
I would like to ask for one favor. When thinking about me, don’t think of me as sick or feel sorry. Hold the belief that I am already healthy and appreciate the fact how fast the recovery was. If you are a meditator, spend 5 minutes one evening meditating to this belief. If the 400+ friends that have donated so far will do this, the universe has no chance than to grant it. I know I am cured already
Thank you very much, I love you all! Happy Valentine’s Day!
I do have a very serious question for you Axel... how did ya'll get your baby to hold her breath like that underwater?
My prayers are with you and Yolo! Kick it's assume Axel!!!!!
Our thoughts and prayers are with You and Yoko.