fred joseph woods, jr. was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (aml) at the young age of 24. acute myelogenous leukemia (aml) is a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. it is also sometimes called acute myeloid leukemia. in aml, the bone marrow makes many cancerous cells called leukemic blasts. normal blasts develop into white blood cells that fight infection. in aml, the leukemic blasts do not develop properly and cannot fight infections. these leukemic blasts grow quickly and crowd out the bone marrow, preventing it from making the normal red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets that the body needs. nearly 15,000 people in the united states are diagnosed with aml each year. aml can affect people of any age, but it is most common in adults. the cause of aml is unknown. fred has been battling this cancer for 10 years. after the return of this cancer 3 times during a period of 8 months and recently receiving two rounds of chemotherapy back to back, on february 18, 2014, he received news that his latest bone marrow biopsy once again did not show him to be in remission. fred has been given a short time to live and will leave behind his girlfriend, sascha mckay, of 7 ½ years, his two sons, peyton woods, age 13 and braylon woods, age 5, along with his parents, step-parents, sister, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. fred chose the profession of a bricklayer at the young age of 16. he enjoys many sports including football, baseball, and mma. he finds joy in spending time with his family and tries to maintain a positive attitude during such a difficult time in his life.