Help Adam Fight CANCER!

Call Sign: CML - Charlie Mike Leukemia or better medically known as Chronic Myeloid Leukemia is the cancer my best friend, Adam Traviglia, was diagnosed with on April 9th, 2015. 

The Ask:
Adam's family needs your donation, no matter what the size, to help pay for medical bills that are quickly piling up.

The Reason: 
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia is a type of cancer that is not well funded. Many other types of leukemia have assistance programs that help patients with that particular disease. Not CML. After extensive research, there are very little, if any, options available.

Support NOW:

Adam Traviglia is the one used to saving lives. As a former US Coast Guard Search & Rescue crewmember, he is one of the true Heroes of our country. Now it is time we step up and return the favor to this man. 

Adam works hard to support his wife, Mandy Traviglia, and three children, Skyla, Ryder, and Avery. His is a provider for his family through the hard work is instilled in him from his commitment to service. He is the first person to drop what he is doing to help out anyone around him and even risking it all for a friend or complete stranger. However, like anyone hit with a major disease, there are times you need that help returned. I am reaching out to family, friends and even perfectly good strangers.

Please join the fight for Adams life and family. Donate anything you can. Help raise our goal to give financial peace of mind back to a well deserving individual.

God Bless You and Thank you!

His Words, His Story:
Below is a timeline of events, trials and tribulations from the voice of our beloved Adam Traviglia.

April 9th '15 Leukemia CML diagnosis
 — The way I found out was during a routine annual checkup. The Dr. had me tested twice to make certain. Within that one week span between the two blood tests my white blood cell count went from 90k to 140k. Then one day later in the hospital it jumped to 185k (normal is 7-9k). They caught the Leukemia just as it was taking off almost out of control.

 — I spent 7 day's in the hospital at City of Hope on heavy chemo blasts to gain control. I was so weak I could barely walk on my own. 

— After the 7th day I was stable enough to be sent home on a daily regiment of Glevec, which was the leading first line defense for CML patients. My BCR-ABL was around 65 (percent of Leukemia infection). When I walked in the door of my house after not seeing my children for a week my 2 year old was so happy to see me she froze up and buried her face in her hands bawling uncontrollably. Once I picked her up she didn't let go of me for 4 hours, she slept with me all afternoon. 

— My life was upside down. I couldn't go to work and was completely codependent on someone for everything. I went from no meds to 9 pills per day all at different times. My wife, Mandy, by my side the entire time, kept a steady logbook of my medications and diet. She was a complete wreck on the inside but SHE had to keep it together and run the house with 3 small children and a sick husband. She did everything for the children and me. Mandy was my savior.

— Once settled in at home Diesel put together a schedule of meals and delivery dates family and friends could follow bringing food for my wife and kids. This gave my wife relief, as she didn't have to cook meals for at least 2 weeks. 

— I was bed ridden for several weeks, only able to walk through the house a few times each day for exercise. 

— After 2 months I had finally convinced everyone to let me drive to a few select close to home locations to see friends. 

— Completely traumatized from the event and suffering from cabin fever I began a new hobby of Radio Controlled off-road trucks. With Diesel by my side once or twice a week I was at the race track enjoying my new found freedom and my friendship with my bud. It became my therapy. 

December 7th 2015
— I went back to work. My BCR-ABL was down around 15 and I was feeling good about working again. 

— I felt so good that I wanted to make up for lost time at work. I had taken on 2 major projects for my group, one project I was spearheading. I completed one major project and was working hard to set my place again at work, until I had gotten more bad news.

March 2016
— My BCR-ABL went from 4 to 7, my leukemia was on the rise. I switched to my first CML mutation chemo called Tasigna. 

— I was on 800mg of Tasigna for 5 days, on the fifth day I was in so much pain and so weak from the new chemo I had to go back into the hospital. I reacted so badly to the sudden blast of the stronger Tasigna that my body mimicked symptoms of Pancreatitis. I had to slowly be weaned on to the drug, and I was off work again for another 4 months. 

— The Tasigna was a terrible drug to be on. Once my body was as used to the drug as it was going to be I found myself extremely weak all the time with severe sensitivity to heat and the sun. I became highly susceptible to sun burns. If the temperature was warmer than 75° I could not function well at all. Mowing the lawn became almost impossible. 

November 2016
— I went back to work. But my energy level from the Tasigna was low at best. I found myself resting all the time. If it was hot out forget working. 

Early 2017
— My BCR-ABL was 2. I could see remission on the horizon, but it never came. 

March 2017
— I became very sick with walking pneumonia. I spent another 5 days in the hospital recovering. I spent another 2 weeks off work at home recovering. Finally I went back to work after 25 days off. 

— For the next few months my BCR-ABL hovered at 0.7, I was so close to remission. Then more bad news. 

July 14th 2017
— My BCR-ABL went back up to 2.4 

August 4th 2017
— My BCR-ABL went up again this time to 5.9 

— A CML mutation blood test was ordered but came back negative.

August 5th 2017
— A bone marrow biopsy was performed and I was ordered to be on my 2nd CML mutation chemo called Sprycel.

September 9th 2017
— I was put on to 100mg of Sprycel. I have to say I am extremely happy to be off of Tasigna and onto Sprycel. I feel energized again!!! 

As of today 9/13/17 I still do not have the results of the bone marrow biopsy.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Donald Diesel Winstead 
Yorba Linda, CA
Myranda Traviglia 
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