He has CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) along with a few Chromosome Abnormalities which only further complicates his case. Leukemia attacks a person’s bone marrow and produces abnormal WBCs (White Blood Cells), in addition to platelet counts. He was put on a chemo pill to help stop the progression of the Cancer.
Just before Super bowl weekend Colin’s Doctor gave him more bad news. There were complications including one more Chromosome Abnormality they hadn’t talked on yet. She said his chances for a successful transplant had dropped more, and he is a very high risk patient. The small Hope she gave was, there is more blood work to be done, and a checkup in early February would tell more about how his Cancer and treatments are going. Due to this unique case, two of the top Oncologists in the country were consulted including the doctor that invented the chemo pill Colin is on.
As the blood work results came in, doctors were shocked. His CML numbers had decreased a lot. All of his abnormalities had decreased greatly, and the worst one wasn’t even showing in their lab results. The doctors were simply amazed to see these results! The chemo pill should’ve had little to no effect on the abnormalities, but they were mostly gone. This could be a Miracle. The doctors said Colin should proceed to transplant as soon as possible to avoid relapse.
Jordan is Colin’s youngest brother, and he turned out to be what they call a perfect match for a Bone Marrow and Stem Cell donor based off of DNA testing. Today (Mar. 9) Jordan has completed his stem cell donation at the U of Iowa Hospital as of a few hours ago. Colin is there as well and has gone through four days of intense chemotherapy in preparation for his stem cell transplant tomorrow, March 10th. Colin will be hospitalized the rest of the month. Recovery time for transplant patients varies from a few months, to several years.
I’ve asked Colin’s friends and family who he is to them; below, are some of their responses:
“Colin is a devoted father, a loyal friend. He has relentless determination, and the heart of a champion.”
“To me he is someone you can rely on to be there, even when you know no one else is.”
“Colin is, Do or Do not, there is no try! ….so basically he is a Jedi Knight”
“He is Strong! Colin is Brave! He is Motivated to Win!”
“With the three F’s he is going to make this Miracle Happen! #FaithFamilyFriends”
“I see a boy that has grown up into a loyal man that is totally smitten by his wife and girls!”
"Colin is a childhood friend who made growing up on Terrell Ridge more fun and exciting. He is filled with kindness, loyalty and a thirst for life."
"He's a warrior ready to go to battle. He's strong, courageous, dedicated and loyal"
“He has not given up! He won't give up! He can't give up!”
The road to recovery is in sight but he’s not there yet. Colin has asked for nothing more than Prayer, Love, and Support. His wife and family are holding Strong and we Believe in him. Colin’s medical expenses will continue to pile in over the next several months, and possibly years. Colin is not the type of person to ask anyone for financial support.
That is why I’m asking for him. On behalf of family and friends, we want to hold his hands up at a time where he may not be able to himself. We want to be the Light at the end of a long, dark, and exhausting tunnel. With your help, we can bring the warmth and comfort of this Light to Colin and his girls.
We understand that not everyone will be able to donate. Your prayers and support are much appreciated, and I just ask that you would share Colin’s story. Colin’s wife would like to thank you for all of your love and support! And their families (Waddick and Miller) would like to extend a very big thanks to you for being you!
What is Colin’s Miracle? It is a developing story on his Fight with Leukemia and the amazing things that’ve transpired. Most of all, his Miracle will be every day he opens his eyes to see his wife, and his two Beautiful little girls smiling at him.
So, will you Help Make Colin’s Miracle Happen?
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