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
I would like to thank all my brothers and sisters out there that gave me so much love and support during this challenging phase of my recovery. While I was in the hospital receiving my bone marrow transplant, the roof on my recently purchased house was actively leaking in several places. After a very thorough roof inspection I realized that with 3 and 4 layers of roof comp there was no fixing it any longer. The roof needed to be completely replaced. There was also over 1000 feet of wood that needed to be replaced including the attic insulation. It all had been water damaged. After numerous roofing quotes I finally meet Eli Abikhzer from ABI construction and was able to complete the project flawlessly. And now with everyones support and help I can get this done and focus on the more important recovery and getting back to work . Today after 20 months off work I was finally cleared to pick up my badge and ID. I'm happy and proud to announce that I will be retuning to my regular shift at Fire Station 58 in the morning.
Oral surgery recovery is going well! Stitches com out today and everything is looking good. No signs of rejections or infections. Next step is, to go back in a few months and remove the 3 titanium screws, and fill in the holes with more bone graft. Here are some pictures, if you're curious about the procedure.
(Caution Very Graphic Surgical Pictures)
(Caution Very Graphic Surgical Pictures)
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.