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Help Bill Golder & Family Beat ALL

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Raised by 60 people in 13 months
Created April 25, 2018
Today my brother Billy is receiving a donor bone marrow (stem cell) transplant in Ottawa. On February 12, 2018 he went to emerge thinking he had the flu. Turns out he has Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. With a white blood cell count of 180 (normal being between 4-11) he was quickly diagnosed and rushed to Victoria Hospital in London. He spent a difficult month there unable to have visits from his 5 children while undergoing heavy chemo.

Thankfully it was successful in putting him in remission so he could receive the needed stem cell transplant. Only a few hospitals in Ontario perform donor transplants and Ottawa was chosen because it had the shortest wait time. 

It's been extremely difficult for Billy and his wife Nicole (who is in Ottawa with him) being away from the 5 kids (ages 2 to 16). Billy has to stay in Ottawa a minimum of 2 months and will be off work for approximately 2 years for his recovery. 

Any donations would be greatly appreciated and used to help offset lost wages. Unexpected and uncovered costs are adding up, and any help would remove one worry off their shoulders so he can focus on getting better.

Billy is a hardworking family man who takes pride in caring for, and spending time with his wife and 5 kids. He deserves more time with them. Thank you.
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Update: BILL REACHED DAY 100!!

It's been quite a while since that last update (it's been months....please forgive me).
This past Friday, Bill reached day 100! It has been 100 days since his transplant. This is a huge milestone for Bill....actually for anyone who has a transplant.
Bill was discharged from Ottawa Hospital General on June 26 and was able to attend Kaleigh's grade 6 Graduation which meant a lot to both of them. We've been having weekly Oncologist appointments in London. The dr has recently changed these appointments to once every 2 weeks which is a nice break.
When Bill returned from Ottawa, the dr started the process of slowly decreasing the dosage of anti-rejection meds. Unfortunately, Graft vs Host Disease quickly presented itself. It has cleared up since they increased the meds again. They will attempt to lower the dosage in another couple of weeks. Hopefully, GVHD won't reappear. If you're interested in more information on GVHD and what exactly it is, you can find some great info on the internet....keep in mind that some images are quite graphic.
The past 2 weeks or so, Bill has been making daily improvements! He's no longer sleeping 80% of his day, he is able to walk much better and has even gone for a few walks around the block. His hair is growing back like there's no tomorrow! Unfortunately, the drs confirmed that hair will not grow back in parts that were already balding .
We still need everyone's healing vibes as it will be years until his immune system is back to "normal" and there's still no guarantee that the Leukemia won't come back. As much as Bill is anxious to get back to work, that won't be happening for at least another year, if ever. Thank you for all of your well wishes!! Keep believing!! 
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Thank you everyone for for the love, support & generosity. It really is overwhelming and means so much during such a difficult time.

From Nicole,
Latest Update:
Still in Ottawa and missing the kids like crazy! Today is Day +16...meaning it's been 16 days since Bill received his new life!
On Tuesday the drs found a blood clot in Bill's arm that spans from just under his elbow into his armpit. He is being treated with low dose blood thinners until his blood numbers have recovered to normal. Then the dose will be increased. He gives himself daily injections of the blood thinner into his stomach. The drs are hoping the clot dissolves within 3 months but will be watching him closely regardless.
As far as the transplant goes, the drs are very pleased with how well his body is tolerating it. His white blood cells, hemoglobin, platelets and neutrafil numbers are slowly recovering which means that the new bone marrow has "planted" itself in Bill's bones and has started to grow. Although things are looking up, we are still looking at a minimum of 2 years before we know for sure if the bone marrow worked. IF he is able to return to work, it won't be for at least another year and a half. Rejection can happen at anytime. He is on more medications than you could imagine. This will continue for several years and potentially the rest of his life. We are hoping that he will finally be able to come home around the end of June.
We want to thank everyone for their continued support and well wishes!!
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