Help Owen kick Leukemia's butt

This is our grandson Owen, who was sick over the Christmas vacation and just after the New Year was diagnosed with Pneumonia, and as being slightly anemic.  This was not too terribly shocking, as all of Sonoma County had either a cold, Pneumonia or the flu at that time. After a 10 day cycle of Antibiotics for the Pneumonia the doctor ordered another blood test for the Anemia.  He was called back in to give yet another sample of blood that was sent out to a special lab who returned a result of a either terrible infection or Leukemia.  

It is with great sadness in our hearts that this past Friday, January 26th after having a bone marrow biopsy, Owen was diagnosed with having B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia/Lymphoma, more commonly known as B-ALL.  The doctors assure us that this type of Leukemia is predominantly found in children, and one of the most treatable.  Doctors are estimating he could potentially need  treatments for the next few years, and at the 10 year mark of no postitive tests, we can call him CURED!

Owen was admitted immediately, and is currently undergoing treatments, transfusions and some sort of  procedure almost every day.  Mom, Dad and Owen are settling into their new reality and home at the hospital  as best as they can.  While Owen would rather be home, he knows there is a very nasty bug inside of him, and the doctors have to find, catch & kill it before he can go home, and he's good with that.   

I'm sure you're asking what were his symptoms, I can tell you that we just never thought about or considered that he had Leukemia!  Hind sight is ALWAYS 20/20 though, he was a little fussier than normal {he is a four year old} and slightly pale in his color, none of this sending up a glaring sign pointing to Leukemia, we NEVER would have known.  

So we are hoping to ease the worry of any out of pocket medical costs and expenses for time off work, meals, parking, gas and all of the other things that they will need to come up with while Owen is having his treatments.  They really have enough on their plates and just don't need to be worried about this, we want them to be able to focus all of their attention on that sweet little boy, so anything at all you can spare will be a big help and please do not forget to share his story!
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Diane Duncan Krebs
Santa Rosa, CA

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