The Billy Phillips Fund
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.
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.
"Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle." - Napoleon Hill
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
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
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.
Scroll to the bottom of that page ^^ and join the team!
Bill - Happy Birthday. Love you and see you soon.
Best Wishes, hopes, and prayers!
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!
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.
Prayers & well wishes from California ♡♡♡
Played ball with your father at Brandywine. I know he is very proud of you ! As we all are! We got this!
Moffa, happy to support!
Proud to know and support the Phillips family. Prayers and good will out to all of them. Rooting hard for you Billy! #BP15
WE GOT THIS!!!! #BP15
Helping anyway possible!
The Walter family( Martin, Michele , Dane, Kristina and Brandon) sends prayers for Billy and his family.