The Billy Phillips Fund

$96,013 of $75k goal

Raised by 941 people in 24 months
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Kelly Kaczmarczyk
on behalf of Michelle Phillips
 NEWARK, DE
Billy Phillips is an 18 year old, warm-hearted, kind, athletic teenager with huge aspirations in life. He currently is a senior at Saint Mark's High School, where he is a varsity baseball player and has been since he was a freshman. He is a well-known left-handed pitcher and he is committed with a remarkable scholarship to the University of Maryland to play on their D1 baseball team. Billy is loved by many, especially his mother, Michelle, and his younger brother, Matty, who looks up to Billy as a hero.

Billy was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 10th. He currently is hospitalized and receiving chemotherapy treatments to beat this cancer.  There is one thing about Billy that separates him from anyone I know. When he found out about his disease, he looked at his mom, put his fist up in the air for a fist pump, and simply said, “We got this.” His strength has been truly inspirational.

There is a long road ahead of him, full of more medications, treatments, and tests, which will be piling up the bills.

This fund was created in the hopes that those who love Billy or those who are intrigued by his story can donate and help pay his medical bills. 

Billy is a strong boy and has faced many difficulties already in life that some people may not even face in theirs. He will fight this cancer as best as he can, and his loved ones truly believe that he is going to come out of this a warrior.
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Update 44
Posted by Kelly Kaczmarczyk
14 months ago
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I would like to give a FULL update on Billy and his progress since the last update.

Billy has been home and healing since the last update. He HAD been going to checkups weekly at UPenn, but his counts have improved so much that he no longer has to go to the hospital during the week. He does have a nurse come twice a week for the normal blood drawings, which is protocol in a bone marrow transplant patient.

Due to the transplant, Billy was diagnosed with Graft Versus Host Disease of the GI tract. Transplant patients commonly do receive a touch of GVHD, and it was somewhat expected for Billy to get this because he received a double cord blood transplant, so the donors had to "fight it out" until one took over.

Due to this disease, Billy has needed more time to heal and does have daily side effects that are very manageable. GVHD is treatable and just temporary. Every patient is different with this disease; some fully recover in a few months, some take a year or more. Billy has improved SO MUCH since the initial diagnosis.

When he was first diagnosed with GVHD, he was having horrible side effects, which is why he was in the hospital for a longer period of time after the transplant. He took a little trip to the ICU and spent weeks not eating, causing him to have to receive his daily nutrition through an IV. But, this makes us realize how far he has come since then. He is eating and moving around during the day, going out to pick up his little brother from school, going to the movies, going out to eat, etc. He will be back to his normal daily activities and throwing a baseball in no time! :-)

Currently, Billy is in the hospital due to a little infection in his PICC line. These types of things are normal after a transplant, and this was somewhat expected because of receiving nutrition through his line, which can lead to bacteria to grow. He will have the PICC line changed and receive antibiotics and hopefully be home in a couple of days.

We wanted Billy to have time to heal without feeling overwhelmed with people coming over to the house, which is why I have waited to post a full update.

Thank you all for your never-ending support and prayers. We are all SO thankful.
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Update 43
Posted by Kelly Kaczmarczyk
16 months ago
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Billy is back home and so happy! He is so grateful just to be laying on his couch again. He has been through many, many ups and downs throughout these past few months. This journey is not over, but Billy is through the hardest part of it. Now is a time for healing, and that is what I ask prayers for. Everyone's support, thoughts and most importantly prayers have gotten Billy this far. Please continue praying for him and ask for God's healing hand. Good things lay ahead for Billy, that's for sure.. It can only go up from here.

"Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle." - Napoleon Hill

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
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Update 42
Posted by Kelly Kaczmarczyk
17 months ago
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Billy has been feeling a lot better these past couple of weeks! He looks better and better everyday :)
We have been able to go outside a few times and enjoy the fall weather. Billy is also doing what he can to stay active. We walk 20 laps a day!
I attached a picture of him from the other day so everyone can see how great he looks. He is a champion for sure!
"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." - Marcus Aurelius
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Update 41
Posted by Kelly Kaczmarczyk
17 months ago
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Hi everyone! Sorry for such a lack of updates.
The past few weeks have been quite hard for Billy. He still is in the "thick" of this process - but over the last couple of days his counts have started to recover, which we are all happy about. He is still in the hospital and we are not sure of a discharge date at this point.
Oh and tomorrow is a very special day! Tomorrow is Billy's 19th birthday :-) Feel free to send some birthday wishes through the comments and I will be happy to show them to him!

Also, on November 14 there is a Light the Night walk in Baltimore, MD to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I created a team for Billy, "Team Phillips," and I would love it if all of his supporters could come together and walk for Billy and for all of those who have suffered from blood cancers.
http://pages.lightthenight.org/md/Baltimor15/TeamPhillips
Scroll to the bottom of that page ^^ and join the team!
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Donovan Davis
17 months ago

Bill - Happy Birthday. Love you and see you soon.

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Rose M Shields
18 months ago

Best Wishes, hopes, and prayers!

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Mary Jo Russo
22 months ago

Good luck Billy! I would like to say what a great girl Kelly is to have done what she has for Billy. For a young beautiful girl to have set up this GoFundMe and to be as thoughtful and steadfast as she has been is wonderful. I can tell she is as beautiful inside as she is outside! God bless you Kelly! God Bless Billy and all his family!

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Greg Boulden
22 months ago

This weekend is National Cancer Survivor Day on Sunday June 7. My church, St. John the Beloved, is hosting a fundraiser for Childhood cancer research on the day of St. Mark's graduation. When I was asked who to dedicate the day to, I told the St. Baldrick's Foundation our efforts were going to be in the name of Billy. Prayers! We will be thinking of you and all as we shave our heads and raise money.

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Heather Nielsen
23 months ago

Prayers & well wishes from California ♡♡♡

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Bill Phillips Sr.
23 months ago

Played ball with your father at Brandywine. I know he is very proud of you ! As we all are! We got this!

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Victor Liberi
24 months ago

Moffa, happy to support!

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Michael Moyer
24 months ago

Proud to know and support the Phillips family. Prayers and good will out to all of them. Rooting hard for you Billy! #BP15

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Kim Kazz
24 months ago

WE GOT THIS!!!! #BP15

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Dan Larnick
24 months ago

Helping anyway possible!

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Michele Rawley Walter
24 months ago

The Walter family( Martin, Michele , Dane, Kristina and Brandon) sends prayers for Billy and his family.

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$96,013 of $75k goal

Raised by 941 people in 24 months
Created March 17, 2015
KK
Kelly Kaczmarczyk  
on behalf of Michelle Phillips
TD
$89
Tyler D
9 months ago

Michelle- thank you for your kind, compassionate care at ATI. You are in my prayers. Keep fighting Billy! Go Terps. Lamentations 3:19-24 PS- tell your co-worker Jean I completed Triathlon in 89 minutes. No wetsuit needed

AJ
$500
Anne Kacmarcik Johnson
10 months ago
1
1
BL
$500
Brandywine Little League
15 months ago

From your friends and fans at Brandywine Little League. We look forward to seeing you back on the mound, and swinging for the fences again! Best of health in 2016! BLL Board of Directors

JR
$1,000
Jon Rubin
15 months ago

Billy - You got this. Don't ever stop. We are so proud of you and inspired by you. The Rubin Family

MN
$25
marty niverth
17 months ago
$19
Donovan Davis
17 months ago

to many more birthdays. thoughts always.

AG
$25
Anne Gullo
19 months ago

You got this!

KD
$50
Karen Dettwyler
19 months ago

I will continue to pray daily for your full recovery, and for strength for all of your family. Blessings!

DO
$20
Doug O'Neill
20 months ago
MK
$25
Megahan Kenney
20 months ago
Donovan Davis
17 months ago

Bill - Happy Birthday. Love you and see you soon.

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Rose M Shields
18 months ago

Best Wishes, hopes, and prayers!

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Mary Jo Russo
22 months ago

Good luck Billy! I would like to say what a great girl Kelly is to have done what she has for Billy. For a young beautiful girl to have set up this GoFundMe and to be as thoughtful and steadfast as she has been is wonderful. I can tell she is as beautiful inside as she is outside! God bless you Kelly! God Bless Billy and all his family!

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Greg Boulden
22 months ago

This weekend is National Cancer Survivor Day on Sunday June 7. My church, St. John the Beloved, is hosting a fundraiser for Childhood cancer research on the day of St. Mark's graduation. When I was asked who to dedicate the day to, I told the St. Baldrick's Foundation our efforts were going to be in the name of Billy. Prayers! We will be thinking of you and all as we shave our heads and raise money.

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Heather Nielsen
23 months ago

Prayers & well wishes from California ♡♡♡

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Bill Phillips Sr.
23 months ago

Played ball with your father at Brandywine. I know he is very proud of you ! As we all are! We got this!

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Victor Liberi
24 months ago

Moffa, happy to support!

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Michael Moyer
24 months ago

Proud to know and support the Phillips family. Prayers and good will out to all of them. Rooting hard for you Billy! #BP15

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Kim Kazz
24 months ago

WE GOT THIS!!!! #BP15

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Dan Larnick
24 months ago

Helping anyway possible!

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Michele Rawley Walter
24 months ago

The Walter family( Martin, Michele , Dane, Kristina and Brandon) sends prayers for Billy and his family.

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