One day can change everything- we all know this. That day was July 26, 2017 for Sam Garland and his family. It was on this day that Sam went into the ER to address some health concerns he was having. After some initial lab work, Sam was admitted to the hospital after being told that the issues he was having were more serious than he had initially suspected. Terrified of what this could mean, Sam contacted his family who arrived at the hospital as soon as they could to be by his side. On July 28, Sam’s worst fears were confirmed when they gave him a preliminary diagnosis of acute Myeloid Leukemia and he was transferred to University of Minneapolis Hospital. Doctors immediately knew they wanted to begin treatment fast on the aggressive form of cancer but were halted on August 1st after finding Lymphocytic markers as well as Myeloidal markers in Sam’s chromosomes. Hours later, it was confirmed that Sam has both Lymphatic and Myeloidal Leukemia, a very rare form of this horrible disease. The family is working with some of the best oncologists in the country but unfortunately they feel that Sam's treatment may consist of a long 2 year fight where he will remain in MN for the majority of this time. He has begun chemo and will also face a bone marrow transplant in the future. Sam’s Mother (Kim), Stepfather (Brian), girlfriend (Camille) and Brother (Peter) are in MN near him, but his father (Tom) and step mother (Terri) live in Green Bay which makes this situation even more difficult. Tom and Terri are hoping to get a temporary apartment in MN where they can be near Sam, but also keep their home in Green Bay, which obviously is a huge financial adjustment. We are hoping that with the start of this page, we will be able to help offset some of the costs of this living situation and make it possible for Tom and Terri to be near Sam when he needs them the most. For anyone that knows Sam, he is one of the kindest, most positive people you would ever meet and we know that Cancer has messed with the wrong person. Sam is ready to fight and we are confident that he will rise above this with the help of all of us around him.
We are all ready to help you fight this Sam and Cancer will not win!
We love you!!!
- Lisa Knutson
- Jane Kohorn
- Lynette Roup
- Marran Family
- Sandy Greenheck Gumness
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