Carson's Crusade Against Leukemia

$28,207 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 231 people in 18 months
Colton Wyman
on behalf of Kori Dimsdale
 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Join us to support Carson Dimsdale in the crusade against his AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia).

If you have ever met Carson you would know how special he really is. He is a brilliant 7 year old boy who has always been bright for his age. He can be a little awnry at times, as can any kid his age, but he is the sweetest child I have ever met. He loves giving hugs and always finds a way to make you smile. He loves his family and God more than anything and lets everyone know how much he loves them. He can be really silly and will often sing little songs he comes up with. He loves the color green and Legos as well as Skylander's, Power Rangers, and other fun things but has plenty of gifts for Christmas. Carson and the rest of his family are OU fans so although the official color for Leukemia is orange, you can call us Team Green


What  Exactly  Does He Have?
Although Cancer SUCKS, we are going to do our best to fight it. There are a lot of different types and even more subtypes below those. Initially we found out that Carson has Leukemia, a special type of cancer. If you want to learn more about what Leukemia is, this is a helpful video to understand it in simple terms: Leukemia (Link to a short TED-Talk).  On Monday, December 19th, we found out that Carson has a type of Leukemia called AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). If you would like to learn more about it here is a useful website: AML

           
How Did We Find Out?
On Friday, December 16th, Carson was brought to the pediatrician after having had a low-grade fever and leg pain for about a week. We all had been feeling a little sick so we assumed it was just a bug going around or maybe the flu at worst. Since he wasn't feeling better yet we took him to the doctor just to be safe. We never expected this news. The routine bloodwork showed an extremely elevated White Blood Cell (WBC) Count of 129,000/mm3 compared to the normal range of 5,000-10,000/mm3. As soon as he saw the results, the doctor knew it was leukemia and told Kori and Will to take him immediately to OU Children's Hospital. Once there, more tests were done to confirm that he does in fact have Leukemia and he was admited to the Pediatric Oncology Unit here at The Children's Hospital.


How Is He Doing Now?
We will be posting updates to the GoFundMe page as well as to the Facebook Page, so for the most up to date information on how he is doing check those. As of Tuesday, December 20th, He is still feeling happy and isnt acting or looking sick. However, he started his chemotherapy at 8:00pm Monday, December 19th and will begin to feel progressively sicker as the chemo does its job. Although this will be a difficult process, it is necessary for him to get better.  Already his WBC Count is down from 129,000/mm3 to 51,000/mm3. Because of this treatment, his immune system will be shot so we ask that no one but family comes to visit for now and if anyone is feeling even a little sick to keep their distance for his safety. It is also important to not send flowers. They can harbor fungal spores that can place the patients at risk. Because of how aggressive AML can be and how badly it affects their immune system, Patients often stay in the hospital until treatment is over. This means if things go well he will get out in 6-7months but it could go even longer. 


How Can You Help?
As you know staying in the hospital is very expensive, especially with a case like Carson's where he will be here for months. Insurance can only pay for so much. On top of this, Kori will need to take off work to stay here with him so he is never alone in a hospital and is always taken care of.  That means on top of their added expenses, their income will be effectively cut in half. The BEST way to help is to keep Carson in your thoughts and prayers and to donate to this campaign. All the money from this GoFundMe is set up to go straight to Kori and Will to help make sure they can worry about keeping Carson alive and healthy rather than worry about money. Carson has recieved plenty of donated toys and already has the ones from his family under the tree which we have moved to the hospital. Although it is Christmas time and everyone wants to donate toys, what matters most is making sure they can focus on his health and not bills. 




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Hey everyone! I figured it was time for an update to the GoFundMe. Carson is now back at OU Children's waiting for his bone marrow transplant, now that he is in remission! His fight is not over, as the transplant is a difficult process, but we are now moving in the right direction. I would like to again thank everyone for the love and continued support through everything, and I hope to bring good news about his transplant in the coming months!
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Hey everyone! I apologize for not giving an update sooner, but the last month has been hard on us as a family. We found out that Carson still had 70% leukemia cells in his marrow and wasn't responding after his first chemotherapy treatment. This lowered his odds of survival roughly in half and was very difficult news to come to terms with. They then started him on a second round of treatment with much higher dosages to see if that would work, and we found out on Wednesday that it didn't. He still had 13% leukemia cells in his bone marrow. Because conventional treatments don't seem to be working we had to make the decision as a family to move him to Saint Jude's for clinical trials. He left on Thursday night and as a family we are hoping and praying that these trials work for him. We greatly appreciate everyone's support through this. Even through everything that has happened, Carson remains strong and happy. Every day he is an inspiration for us and many others. If you would like to help out, donations are the most impactful way to at this point. While Carson was at OU Children's people could help out through bringing meals and all sorts of other ways, but now that he is out of state donations are the simplest way to help. Thanks again for everything you all have done and we hope to bring better news soon.
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Hey everyone! Carson is starting to feel a bit better finally. So far everything is going according to plan and we can all be grateful for that. He is eating solid foods again, playing, and getting out of bed. We are also at nearly 11 thousand dollars raised, well over 20% of our goal. I think we could hit 25% easily with everyone's help and support. If you haven't donated and would like to, every bit counts even $5! Again we sincerely want to thank everyone for their love, prayers, and support!
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Hey everyone! I just wanted to say thanks again for everyone's generosity. We are almost at $10,000 raised and I know we will hit it soon. Carson is being so strong through all of this. He was moved recently to a different unit that has a bigger room and more importantly is HEPA filtered so he is more safe from infection. His hair is starting to fall out now but that was to be expected. It appears from the genetic tests that his Leukemia was caused solely by Trisomy 8 with no other mutations that we know of. This essentially means that he has an extra chromosome 8 in his leukemia cells. Although this isn't a good indicator it isn't a bad one either so we will simply have to wait to see how his body responded to treatment when they do the bone marrow tests in the coming weeks. Everyone's thoughts and prayers are still greatly appreciated.
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To help to make Christmas a little better for Carson and his family... you're in my prayers

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