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!
Hello friends and family!
It’s been a while since my last update since I wanted to see how I respond to my latest treatments first and I had to make some big decisions. I have been responding to integrated medical treatments really well, to the extent that I postponed the transplant for now.
The transplant is a big procedure with possible side effects, lots of medication and chemo’s needed. Before this illness, I only took medicine when I absolutely needed it, so it felt naturally to follow this same thought with Leukemia. Yoko and I have done a ton of research, have traveled to see experts in this field and it seems logical at this point to continue the treatment with solely integrated medicine. There are many different treatments I am currently doing and most of them are expensive without insurance cover so I can’t thank all of you enough for lifting the financial pressure. Thank you! If you would like more detail on the therapies, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is also good to know that it was easy to find a donor for me. I guess it pays off to be an ordinary guy ;) So in case I need to go back to the “conventional medical route”, that will always be there for me.
Once again sorry for not thanking all of you personally at the moment since I am dedicating a lot of time to getting healthy. I know you all understand. I am looking forward to giving you more positive updates soon and share some awesome time with all of you again.
Much love. Axel
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
It's wonderful to realise that you have touched so many people by being you and fantastic that so many people can be generous. It gives hope in humanity. Get well Axel and continue to shine in the world and give love you your family.
So glad to get this update! We are all rooting for you/praying for you.
Sending you health and love! Keep going strong Axel on your road to recovery!!! ❤
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.