On September 28th Alex was taken to the ER for what appeared to be severe flu. Blood work gave a much different possible diagnosis ....Acute Leukemia. Alex and mom were immediately transported to Children’s Hospital in Denver, where the bone marrow biopsy had confirmed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After a 28 day induction he should have gone into remission. In October the Leukemia cells were still present so the drs continued on with a 54 day consolidation treatment. On 1/23/2018 the family received devastating news. Alex’s bone marrow came back showing he still has leukemia. He is now being moved to the bone marrow transplant treatment. He is going to continue current treatment while he goes through type matching. Once they have a confirmed donor he will live in Denver for 3mos. He must live in the hospital for one month while they give high levels of chemo to completely kill all of his bone marrow before the transplant Then he will have to live in the transplant apartments for another two months. After 11 blood transfusions and multiple hospitalizations from complications this family needs our help.
This is an emotional rollercoaster and financial strain on the Oakley family. We know they will be facing financial burdens that no family could plan for or endure alone. The costs of dealing with high deductibles, travel, meals, missing work while they are fighting this together every step of the way is incredibly overwhelming. Please appeal to friends, family and the greater community to get involved and assist Alex and his family on his road to recovery while they battle to overcome this horrible disease.