Our brother in green needs our help. Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Gary G. Quaney Jr. began feeling ill and after multiple doctor visits he was diagnosed with Leukemia last week. Gary is currently on detail to USBP HQ in D.C. and has been admitted to George Washington University Hospital at this time. Gary’s wife is by his side and his two young daughters are staying strong for him. He is grateful for your concerns and prayers.
Gary is an 18 year veteran of the Border Patrol. Gary started his career with Border Patrol at the Las Cruces Station. Gary later promoted to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent at the Clint Station. Gary transferred to Santa Teresa Station and then to El Paso Sector Intelligence. Gary has also been part of many units in the Border Patrol to include Honor Guard and MRT. Gary is not going to be able to work for some time and he needs our help. The donations will be used to pay for medical expenses not covered by his insurance and to help with living expenses.
What is Leukemia?
Leukemia, is a group of cancers that usually begin in the bone marrow and result in high numbers of abnormal white blood cells. These white blood cells are not fully developed and are called blasts or leukemia cells. Symptoms may include bleeding and bruising problems, feeling tired, fever, and an increased risk of infections. These symptoms occur due to a lack of normal blood cells. Diagnosis is typically made by blood tests or bone marrow biopsy.
The exact cause of leukemia is unknown. A combination of genetic factors and environmental (non-inherited) factors are believed to play a role. Risk factors include smoking, ionizing radiation, some chemicals (such as benzene), prior chemotherapy, and Down syndrome. People with a family history of leukemia are also at higher risk. There are four main types of leukemia—acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)—as well as a number of less common types. Leukemia and lymphomas both belong to a broader group of tumors that affect the blood, bone marrow, and lymphoid system, known as tumors of the hematopoietic and lymphoid tissues.
Treatment may involve some combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and bone marrow transplant, in addition to supportive care and palliative care as needed. Certain types of leukemia may be managed with watchful waiting. The success of treatment depends on the type of leukemia and the age of the person. Outcomes have improved in the developed world. The average five-year survival rate is 57% in the United States.
There are many people like Gary that are waiting for a match on a bone marrow donor list. For more information on becoming a life saver please visit https://bethematch.org
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