Jim will need a bone marrow transplant, which is due to happen near the end of June, at the University of Michigan. Thankfully, a donor has already been identified. Prior to his transplant, his doctors will need to totally deplete his immune system in order to create a better environment for the donor cells to grow. He is already receiving treatment from his doctors and is very susceptible to infection. At this time, it is necessary for all of us to keep our distance from him in order to keep him healthy.
Jim has already been forced to walk away from his business indefinitely and Connie will now need to leave her floral and greenhouse business for 90 days—during the peak of her busy season—while Jim is in the hospital. Once they are in Ann Arbor, Jim can have NO contact with anyone, for the first three weeks of his treatment. He will be in complete isolation in order to protect him as the donor cells begin to grow. During this time, Connie will need a place to stay that is close to the hospital. After the first three weeks, Jim will be able to leave the hospital, but will need to remain nearby, should he have any complications.
Jim and Connie are generally private people. They don’t share a lot about their personal life and don’t ask for much from their friends and neighbors. This experience has changed all that and they know they can’t get through this difficult time alone.
Please consider a donation to assist them with the expenses for gas, food and hotels they’ll face in the next few months, while they are in Ann Arbor. Please share this with your friends and neighbors who may know Jim and Connie. Many people are glad to help, if they simply are aware of the situation.
Thank you for caring for this very special couple in their time of need!
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