Help Carson (3yrs old) beat Aplastic Anemia

Carson Dratch (Carr) loves to bulldoze sandcastles with his toy trucks, watch the Polar Express with his brother, and slurp down Joe Leone's chicken-noodle soup. But in September 2019 after a regular pediatric visit, low blood cell count sent Carson for immediate blood work at Brick hospital. From Brick hospital, he was driven to Jersey Shore Medical Center ER, rushed into the ICU, and given a blood transfusion. During the transfusion, Carson suffered a brain seizure and was placed in an induced coma and intubated. He was then flown via helicopter to Hackensack Medical Center PICU and was continuously monitored for 2 weeks. Luckily, he progressed enough to become an outpatient.
Doctors later diagnosed Carson with a rare bone marrow failure disease, Aplastic Anemia complicated by an extremely rare telomere syndrome. The disease inhibits the body from making any blood cells leading to serious health complications including higher risk for infection, uncontrollable bleeding, and possible fibrosis of the lungs. As Carson awaits a bone marrow transplant, he spends his days traveling to and from Hackensack Meridian Hospital where he has been undergoing weeks of tests, biopsies, treatments, platelets and blood transfusions to keep him alive. 

This has taken a tremendous toll not only on Carson, but also his family: parents Doug and Danielle, and his younger brother Henry. So far, hospital bills have amounted to over $100,000 and the family is doing everything they can to make ends meet. In December, Carson will begin chemotherapy treatment and a bone marrow transplant requiring complete isolation for at least 14 days and will remain as an inpatient for 6-8 weeks. After his inpatient stay, Carson will continue traveling to Hackensack twice a week for a minimum of 3 months.

Please consider making a donation and illevating some of the financial burden that the Dratch's face during this extremely difficult time. Although the road ahead for Carson will be tough, we are hopeful that he will make progress after his chemotherapy treatment and bone marrow transplant.

Both the Dratch and Carr family also encourage registering to become a donor of platelets, blood, and bone marrow in hopes to help any other families in need of treatment for such diseases.


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Eric Dzenis 
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Point Pleasant, NJ
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