Leukemia Care for Abdul-Azeez

I learned about Abdul-Azeez from his father, Dr. Azeez, a visiting scholar in my department at MIT. Dr. Azeez told me his son wanted to be a doctor. But as he was returning to secondary school in September 2016, Abdul-Azeez became anemic, then had difficulty breathing. At the Federal Medical Center in Yola, Nigeria, Abdul-Azeez was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Since September, Abdul-Azeez has gone through six chemotherapy courses, showing only partial remission before his cancer returned. Abdul-Azeez's doctors have determined the only possibility of saving his life is hematopoetic stem-cell therapy or a bone-marrow transplant. Neither is available in Nigeria.

Abdul-Azeez's parents have exhausted their financial resources in caring for their son. They have searched the U.S. and Canada for reduced-cost leukemia treatment through clinical trials and charity hospitals, but they haven't found an option with total costs below a half-million dollars. Several other countries offer advanced pediatric therapies for less than $150,000, including Israel, India, and Iran. Still, life-saving care abroad will require the family to raise significant funds from Dr. Azeez's international colleagues and friends, and their communities.

Dr. Azeez writes, “I wish to solicit your kindness to donate toward the treatment of Abdul-Azeez abroad. If every person who sees this page can find it in their heart to donate just $5, $10, or $20, the treatment of Abdul-Azeez could be sponsored abroad to save his life and give him hope to realize his dream of becoming a medical doctor, so that he can also save more souls.”

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Nick Allen 
Somerville, MA