At the end of 2017, Joey was diagnosed with a rare disease called aplastic anemia. This means that Joey’s bone marrow is failing to produce the cells that run the immune system. It can be nearly impossible to pinpoint the cause.
The outstanding doctors at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston have recommended a bone marrow transplant for Joey. Fortunately, his brother Jake is a perfect match, and a sibling transplant is Joey’s best chance at a full cure. Joey is strong and swears that he is not sick, but the transplant means that he has to become much sicker before he can get better.
Joey’s recovery may take as long as a year, during which he must spend his first six to nine months indoors with visitors limited to his immediate family and medical staff.
We appreciate any support for Joey and his family as they navigate the obstacles to come. Financial contributions through GoFundMe will facilitate meals, transportation, parking, medical expenses, and lost wages for Joey’s mom, Shannon. Funds will be managed and distributed by Joey's grandmother, Michelle.
If you are unable to make a donation, there is no shortage of ways to help our cause. Consider donating blood or platelets through Boston’s Children Hospital or through another donation center. You can also visit bethematch.org to join the bone marrow registry and become a potential donor yourself.
All surplus proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy Fund. We have every reason to hope for Joey’s full recovery.
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- Ken Marshall
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