Firefighter WILL Fights Aplastic Anemia
For Firefighter Will Guimaraes - A Devoted Father, Firefighter and Ironman.
Firefighter Will Guimaraes is a true epitome of a Hero, he unselfishly devotes all his time and energy to his family, friends, coaching, training and serving his community! He is never seen without a smile and is always there to help out a friend or stranger in need!
A lifelong athlete and Open Water and Beach Lifeguard, Will has competed in many sports, he’s an accomplished Black Belt Martial Artists and Martial Arts Instructor, MTB/ Road Cyclist, Avid Marathon Runner including the LA Marathon and competing the Infamous IronMan Triathlon.
In 2017 was diagnosed with “Severe Aplastic Anemia” after toxic smoke and benzene exposure; a rare leukemia-like condition which attacks and kills your bone marrow and shuts down your immune system. It was just another challenge Will was willing to face and take head on!
What is Benzene?
Even Low Level Exposure Causes Aplastic Anemia!
Given 6-12 months to live without treatment, Will FORTUNATELY underwent a very successful Bone Marrow Transplant last year, 12 rounds of chemo with ATG treatments and multiple blood and platelet transfusions! A special thanks to his brother PEDRO being a 100% Match. Will is currently on a steady path towards recovery and overcoming post-transplant/chemo health complications!
Although being away from work for almost 20 months, finances and never-ending medical bills have been tough on him and his small family. Along with this crazy Los Angeles weather and the heavy unexpected rainfall, Will's battered roof had began to show signs that replacing it could no longer wait till he was better. And knowing WILL personally, he would never allow anyone to be burdened, which is why we put this page together to hopefully allow him and his family the comfort of a new roof in these difficult times.
Also a HUGE THANK YOU to our Brother Firefighters from Fire Station 125 for coming over and tarping his roof, saving his house from the rains while Will was at the hospital!
And last but not least, THANK YOU to Capt Muldoon and Fire Station 58 for all the help and support, Will misses you guys and can't wait to get back to work!
In the link below Firefighter Will Guimaraes contributes in a "round table meeting" with LA County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby, as they discuss SURVIVING the hidden dangers of our jobs.
Firefighter Decon < watch here
My doctor called me last night to check up on me. He is awesome I am very grateful to have him as my doctor. He wanted to see how I was doing and also to let me know that the second and third day after the surgery would be the worst as far as pain, swelling and bruising. I had trouble opening up my left eye this morning. But after icing things start to become normal again. Swelling should go away soon.
Surgery went well. Bone graft and screws are in place. Will's at home resting now.
Some of you may know, but for those who don't, one of the post Chemo/ATG/ Transplant challenges that Will has had to deal with is reconstruction of his maxillary jaw. During the course of Will's treatment, his mouth and teeth were drastically affected by the toxic and heavy medications. While still recovering from his bone marrow transplant he developed an infection and abscess on the roof of his mouth. Due to the sensitive nature of transplant recovery, he had to undergo oral surgery a few months ago to remove the abscess. In this process they had to remove a substantial amount of tissue and bone, including 4 of his upper teeth. tomorrow he will be undergoing his second surgery, which includes another bone graft and screws to restore his maxillary jaw. Will still may need one more bone graft and a gum surgery before they can proceed with teeth implants. Unfortunately this is not uncommon with patents that fight for recovery from chemo and bone marrow transplants. We wish him the best of luck tomorrow morning.