Hrabovecky Education fund for kids
My husband, Ken passed away on Sunday August 13, 2017 at our home surrounded by his family. He was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) in Blast crisis in July 2016. He was immediately hospitalized for 41 days where he underwent chemotherapy. Ken’s doctors determined that the only chance of survival was through a bone marrow transplant. My daughter, Jessica, was a half match donor, procedure happened on January 4, 2017. However, prior to the transplant Ken suffered several complications that required multiple hospital stays and surgeries.
On July 20, 2017 we were told his cancer was back 80% blastic and the doctor's said there was nothing else thay can do for him. He tried an experimental drug and it failed. On August 7, 2017 he started hospice care.
Ken faced a year of battling his cancer. He never gave up. He suffered and sacrificed for his family. He is finally at peace now. It was the hardest day of our lives.
We still have a very long road ahead of us. Healing, grieving and trying to make sense of this all. My heart aches for my children who lost their father. We have wonderful memories and try to remember all the sacrifices he made for his family and the wonderful memories we shared together.
My daughter Jessica who is 18 starts Rutgers College of engineering in the fall at her father's alma mater. My son Andy who is 15 will be a sophomore at Voorhees High School. We have a new chapter in our lives and it is very scary one. I am now a single parent and it is not what I had planned. God will be with me as well as my family and friends. I am so lucky for all the support during this past year. I can't thank everyone enough.
Any donations at this point will be going toward my children's education fund.
God Bless Everyone!
The Hrabovecky Family
Gloria, Jessica and Andy
April 17, 2017
Ken is home and we had a very nice Easter dinner just the four of us. We go weekly to the cancer center for follow-up visits and changes to his medications depending on his blood results. We have had several hospital admissions and transfusions along the way and some setbacks. His numbers are still low and needs to be careful around other people. Ken had his first bone marrow biopsy since the transplant last week. There are several tests done to check to see if the cancer is still in his bone marrow. The first two tests were negative and showed no signs of his CML. The last test showed a trace of his CML in his bone marrow. That was not what we wanted to hear. So the next step is starting him on Chemo drugs to hopefully get the rest of the CML and the new bone marrow to attack the bad cells. One day at a time. Just keep praying for a break. This has been an emotional rollercoaster. We have all endured such heart aches, pain, suffering and financial hardships that I would have never imagined. I was never prepared for what was ahead of us. The one thing I did gain was strength to deal with any situation.
You don't realize until something like this happens to see what you are really made of. My kids are handling it as best as they can and are amazing. We still have a long road ahead of us. We are grateful for all our family and friends who have helped us. May God bless all of you! I don't know how I would have gotten through all of this without your support. You realize who your true family and friends are and I have been blessed with such great people in my life. I will never forget. I will try and update more often.
On a good note Jessica was accepted to the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, University of Connecticut, University of North Carolina, University of Delaware, Drexel, and Rutgers College of Engineering. She is waiting to see how much financial aid she gets because that will determine where she goes unfortunately. Andy is doing well and has had a great freshman year so far on the football team and wrestling. I look forward to going back to work and seeing my FRSD family. They have been amazing! My family is eternally grateful for all the financial help during this time. Neither of us have had any income come in since January. I just received a letter from FMLA that my claim was approved. I will probably start work before I get a check. Ken is waiting for Social Security disability to kick in, we hope by June. I have posted two pics. One was taken two days before Ken was diagnosed with CML and the other is a recent picture of him. He will hate me for posting it. Thanks again!