Fighting leukemia

My cousin Donny. Just diagnosed with leukemia APML.differs from other forms of AML. Children with APML have leukemic cells with translocation of chromosome 15 and 17.
Because children with APML respond well to treatment, chemotherapy is less intense than other types of AML. However, the medicines affect healthy cells inside your child’s bone marrow, making him prone to infections and bleeding. For this reason, children with APML may stay in the hospital throughout most of the first phase of their treatment (induction therapy). This way, the treatment team can carefully monitor your child for any infections and bleeding.
Chemotherapy for APML is divided into three separate phases. Each phase differs in length and the type of medicines that are taken. The purpose of each phase is to destroy as many leukemia cells as possible.
1. Induction phase
The aim of induction therapy is to destroy leukemic cells and get your child into remission.
Your child is in remission when:
less than 5% of the bone marrow cells are cancerous
the bone marrow is producing a normal amount of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.
Children with APML undergo one cycle of induction therapy, which lasts about 28 days.
Medicines taken during induction therapy
During induction therapy, your child takes:
all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA), orally
idarubicin, intravenously (IV). He is a freshman at Seton Hall University studying engineering . His mom is a single parent of 4 children. They have horrible health insurance. She works multiple jobs to make ends meet. Any donation is greatly appreciated. Thank you
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Organizer and beneficiary

Cheryl Perault 
Wanaque, NJ
donny stokem 
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