LeAnn first became ill in February of 2017 resulting in numerous hospitalizations both locally and in Philadelphia. After losing over 60 pounds, extensive testing including multiple lengthy periods of hospitalization, LeAnn was finally diagnosed with very severe Aplastic Anemia in October 0f 2017.
Aplastic Anemia is not your traditional Anemia where only the red blood cells are involved.
Aplastic Anemia is a bone marrow failure disease where your bone marrow lacks the ability to produce any blood cells. (Red Blood Cells, which results in Anemia, White Blood Cells, resulting in severe and life threatening infections, and Platelets, resulting in severe and uncontrolled bleeding)
There are limited treatments for Aplastic Anemia which include supportive treatment, where transfusions are used to replace red blood cells and platelets, which LeAnn has been receiving several times a week. Immunosuppresive therapy can also allow the disease to go into remission. LeAnn started immunosuppressive therapy in November in the form of horse ATG combined with Cyclosporine and is believed to have failed, now leaving Bone Marrow Transplant as the only option going forward.
This disease has caused a tremendous financial burden. LeAnn lost her job with Prudential effective April of 2017 which resulted in the loss of her medical insurance as well as any life insurance which would have provided her family with at least some financial security.
The transplant will come with many financial challenges including at least a 4 to 6 week hospital stay during which LeAnn will receive chemotherapy and radiation in preparation for transplant. After transplant LeAnn and a caretaker will be required to stay in the area of the transplant center at the Hope Lodge for approximately the 1st 100 days following the transplant due to the high risks of complications. Overall the 1st year is critical in determining long term survival.
Any funds raised will be used to help reduce the costs of transportation, uncovered medical bills, and possible end of life costs.
Your support at this difficult time is appreciated more than you can imagine. Please pray for leAnn and her upcoming fight as she continues to fight all challenges she endures.
Please share this campagine to raise awareness as well since this is a rare blood disease and all the support helps. Updates will continue on her progress as you all are making it possible by your thoughts, prayers and financial donations.
Your sharing of this campaign also provides vital awareness of this extremely rare disease as well as the importance of bone marrow and blood donation.
- Dave Moyer
- Maria Sabatini
- Shelley Shive