Sadly, Charlie has had a critical relapse, so he and his family need your help!
Charlie has leukemic cells in his spinal fluid which requires an aggressive attack of intense chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. The chemotherapy will take 2 months and is intended to get him back into full remission as quickly as possible. Once fully in remission, he will undergo radiation on his spine and brain for extra protection. Then the bone marrow transplant prep will begin.
For his specialized treatment, Charlie has just entered Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he and his parents will live for approximately 6 months. Unfortunately, this will be extremely difficult for them financially given the extraordinary costs and major impact on their income.Please share this message on social media and pass it along to your family and friends to increase the support for Charlie and his family.Thank you for your previous and ongoing support!
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Charlie Capalbo is a close family friend who was diagnosed with cancer near his heart and lungs in March 2017. He is a wonderful young man who had just completed a great season as the goalie for the Fairfield, CT high school hockey team.
His official diagnosis is Non-Hodgkin's lymphoblastic lymphoma T cell Stage 3. At that time, it was not in his spinal fluid (brain) or bone marrow. While Charlie was facing an extremely long and difficult course of treatment, it was treatable and it is more importantly curable. The original treatment plan was 32 months of chemotherapy. Initially, it was daily for a week, then 2 times a week for 8 1/2 months, and then once a week for year and a half.
Despite many extremely difficult side effects and setbacks, Charlie battled through it all and made enormous progress. He had just started at Fairfield University and was living on campus. College is now on hold as he begins his next battle.