Can you imagine the horror of finding out your child has cancer? Unimaginable isn’t it?
Now, can you imagine three years later finding out your child’s cancer has returned more aggressively than before?
Mitch was just 16 yrs old when he was diagnosed on Nov 11, 2016 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with a Philadelphia like strain. He went through months and months of chemotherapy which was not working or killing the Leukemia cells. Luckily the family had signed up for a clinical study upon original diagnosis. This study was executed to Mitch as a last resort to try and get him into remission. For several months he was given a new treatment and by the grace of God it worked. Mitch went into remission and was shipped off to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for a bone marrow transplant. Mitch struggled for a year with the transplant, and its side effects, and came out on top. He graduated from high school, started a new job on Oct 21st of this year and even participated in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Annual fundraising Walk on Oct 26th, 2019.
The following two days changed his life for the worst. At a regular check up appointment at the hospital he was told his Leukemia had returned. It was 90% throughout his bone marrow and blood. The family is devastated beyond belief.
Mitch's Dad lives in Osgoode, Ontario and his Mom lives in Manotick, Ontario. They both share custody of their younger son Joey who is now 16 years old. Joey is taking this news for the second time very hard. He is so scared and worried for his big brother.
The next several months will be very difficult for the family and both parents will be off work caring for their sick child and their younger son. Mitch's doctors are hoping to aggressively treat this cancer. If the treatments are not working they will explore traveling to other countries for other sources of treatments and chemo therapies for Mitch. The goal is to get his leukemia down low enough with chemo to receive another bone marrow transplant.
Please help this family with your donations to ease some of the financial burden they will most certainly endure over the next year.