Bo Cooper Leukemia Treatment Fund
$308,679 of $500,000 goal
Bo will remain in Calgary, until he is able to travel for treatment. He exhausted his financial support to stay at the housing unit for the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic during his last treatment phase, so the cost of accommodation, transportation, etc are up to him. We are fundraising at the local level as well, but a greater influx of support would be more helpful. At this point and time, any financial support from the public would be greatly appreciated.
Bo and his family are not people who have ever asked for support, and are deeply appreciative of the possible benefit of this campaign. Bo is just 26 years old and newly married. He worked as a volunteeer Fire Fighter until he was hired by the Fort McMurray Fire Department in 2009. Please consider assisting this family in need. We thank you in advance for your kindness.
On Friday March 18, 2016, after almost a month of waiting, Bo Cooper received word that the FDA has approved him for a 2nd experimental treatment of the Car T Cell 22+ Treatment that he requires. Bo will under go a few days of chemotherapy and will receive the vital treatment on Friday March 25, 2016 at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
As you know, Bo had received his first infusion on January 22 2016, but had experienced an infection prior to the treatment. He was treated aggressively with various medications, and they ultimately interfered with the T Cells. Bo is going into this treatment in incredibly better condition than last time. He is eating like a machine, exercising as much as possible, and getting a lot of rest”
Like last time, we anticipate Bo will get very sick as he fights the cytokine release, a side effect of the T Cells fighting and destroying the Leukaemia. We don’t anticipate knowing how Bo is progressing for at least 4-5 weeks, but we will update as soon as possible.
Bo Cooper receives Car T Cell Therapy today in Bethesda, Maryland
(Fort McMurray, AB, January 22, 2016) – The spokesperson for the Bo Cooper Leukemia Treatment Fund is proud to announce that Cooper received the experimental Car T Cell CD 22+ therapy today at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Cooper, a Fort McMurray firefighter, is battling his third round with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), and has been the focus of an intensive grassroots fundraising campaign to develop the funds needed for the experimental treatment available only in the USA.
“The Cooper family is pleased to announce that Bo has been fully accepted into the clinical trial in Maryland,” said Rob Van Hecke, spokesperson and primary organizer of the Bo Cooper Leukemia Treatment Fund. “There has been a few setbacks with Bo’s health in the last week which has delayed the process, however, today Doctors injected his engineered T Cells back into his body.”
“There are still many potential complications, so Bo isn’t out of the woods yet,” says Van Hecke. “There is still a potential that the CD 22+ is unsuccessful, and we might have to seek out an alternate CD 19+ treatment at a different facility. Only time will tell at this point”
Updates on fundraising as well as on Cooper’s medical progress will continue to be shared at the official Facebook page dedicated to the fundraising, which can be found on Facebook under “Bo Cooper Leukemia Treatment Fund”. The official GoFundMe account can be found at www.gofundme.com/bocooper
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Rob Van Hecke
I know what you are going through with this horrendous disease. My grandson fought ALL most of his life. He was 13 months old and had 2 bone marrow transplants, . Here in Canada they said there was nothing they could do for him anymore. There is an amazing place in Maryland called N.IH. where they are doing so much research on this disease. They were able to get my grandson back in remission with new trial drugs. He was awaiting his 3rd transplant but got a fungal infection that even the healthiest person couldn't fight. He passed away from this at 13 but I know he would have beat this. My husband was a volunteer firefighter and I am going to pass this on to his fellow station 5 friends. I wish you all the best and don't give up. You sound like a fighter just like Avery was. I just got married and he is in my profile picture and will be with us forever... Please listen to the song. This is my fight song... and may it give you the strength to beat this..I know this can be beaten...
Not sure how far you are from Chilliwak but you need to be on Kangen water. Roger Gaudett beat stage 4 throat cancer and my nehew beat Adenocarcinoma and now my neice is battling stage 4 lung cancer and both have had outstanding results with kngen water. Nephews hasoutlived his death sentance by 18months now and our nieces tumot hss sunk half its size. You cold get it for free from Roger if you can get to Chilliwack. Phone # +1 604-819-1252. He has so much to gain if drinking only kangen water. Please call him or find Roger Gaudett on face book and ask him questions he loves helping people.
The Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton has been using a protocol from Boston that has remarkable success.
My sincere condolences.......
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this very difficult time. His strength and tenacity was inspiring and the support of the community and those around the world was absolutely beautiful. He will live on in the hearts of many ♥ May you all find comfort in the masses that were beside you on your journey. ♥
So so sorry to hear that Bo lost his battle :(. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.
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