James' Fight Against Leukemia

$28,890 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 504 people in 14 months
Ariana Gabás
on behalf of Taylor Le
 SPRING, TX
One week before his 21st birthday, James Le was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. This aggressive form of cancer starts in the bone marrow and quickly spreads into the blood. Since his diagnosis, James has been admitted to St. Luke's Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where doctors and nurses have been working non-stop to fight this cancer. 

This GoFundMe was set up to help the family deal with the overwhelming costs associated with James's care and treatment. Your donation, whatever it may be, will help us give James a fighting chance at beating Leukemia! 

Besides being a Junior at the University of Houston (Go Coogs!), James also frequently volunteers at the Tinh Luat Buddhist Temple and in the Houston Vietnamese community. He also has a passion for fashion, design, basketball, and shoes. Our hope is to be able to treat James as quickly as possible and back home with his family and community. 

Thank you for your consideration! 





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We are devastated. Two days ago we got the results from James’ bone marrow biopsy. The results show that he is not in remission. His cancer is too aggressive, and despite 6 rounds of intense chemo, the leukemia continues to attack his body. There are no more viable options left as far as treatments go. The doctors want to discharge him this week, so that he can go home and enjoy time with his family and friends. The only possible option left is to try and see if someone at MD Anderson will take his case and enroll him in a clinical trial. However, he may not be eligible for any trials due to his ongoing lung infection. This has been a long and hard journey, but we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s overwhelming love and support. James is not done fighting. He is ready to keep giving this everything he’s got. If you’d like to see him, please feel free to contact us about visiting him at home. If there’s one thing we’ve learned throughout this journey, is to love and cherish your loved ones like it’s your last day. Every day, we are so thankful for being alive and having such an amazing support system. Thank you, and we love you endlessly. Love, Ari, James, & his family.
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Hey guys. It's been a while since I posted an update on here. As you know, after 3 rounds of very intense chemo, James went into remission. However, he acquired a serious lung infection that delayed his stem cell transplant.
After he sort of recovered from the lung infection, and he was cleared for the transplant, he received consolidation chemo to suppress the cancer cells. Since chemotherapy basically kills his immune system, his body is extremely prone to any type of infection.
After he was given the consolidation chemo, he acquired another infection that almost cost him his life. This infection caused a trip to the E.R., and he was eventually admitted into the PCU (progressive care unit) to be monitored closely.
When he arrived to the E.R., his temperature was dangerously high, his heart rate was at 165 bpm, and his sepsis level was extremely elevated. Meaning, he was going into septic shock.
His amazing doctors and nurses were able to stabilize him, and after two weeks, he was discharged. A week later, he was scheduled for his transplant and we were very excited to finally make progress towards his recovery.
Three days before the transplant was scheduled, he received a bone marrow biopsy that showed that he is no longer in remission. The cancer is so aggressive, that it became resistant to the chemotherapy and the cancer came back stronger than ever. He even has more cancer cells in his marrow than when he was first diagnosed. Because of this, he is no longer eligible for a stem cell transplant. We were devastated. We were so close to the finish line. There is nothing worse than being told that the cancer is winning. Since there haven't been many advances in treatments for Leukemia, James has pretty much exhausted most of his options.
His doctors decided to administer one more round of chemo that consists of drugs he hasn't been given before. The doctors also looked into clinical trials and other treatment options, but, unfortunately, he is not eligible due to his ongoing lung infection. We are hopeful that this round of chemo will work, and we trust that he will soon be in remission and on his way to getting a transplant.
Although it's been a rough couple of months, we could not have gotten through this without all of the love and support we've received so far. We are forever grateful for each and every one of you.
Much love,
Ari & James
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Hello everyone!
In my last update I announced that James was undergoing a third round of chemotherapy in order to try to get him into remission. After his third round of chemo, James was finally able to go home after being in the hospital for a total of 72 days. He was so excited to finally be home with his family! I am also so happy to announce that James is finally IN REMISSION!!! His doctor confirmed that they didn't see any Leukemia cells in bone marrow!! We are so thankful and excited for these amazing news.
The last chemo was very brutal, and James was definitely at the lowest he's ever been, physically, mentally, and emotionally. But, he is so brave and strong, and it was absolutely worth it!
As you may know, James' journey with cancer does not end here. His best chance at beating Leukemia is to get a stem cell transplant. We are also pleased to announce that they found an even better 10/10 match! The next steps that he will take towards his treatment will be getting all of the pre-transplant tests so that he can finally get the transplant. Since his cancer is so aggressive, we cannot wait any longer, and the transplant must be done as soon as possible.
I want to extend a deep thanks to every single person who has supported us unconditionally. We could not have done this without all of the amazing support we've received so far. James' doctors and nurses have also been amazing and they have made James' hospital stay much more bearable and enjoyable. We are so unbelievably thankful for all of the donations, prayers, comments and support. The amount of love that everyone has given James has given him motivation to keep fighting through this terrible disease. We are one step closer to beating cancer, and we couldn't have done it without you!!! As always, I will continue to keep everyone updated on James' condition as he begins this new step in his treatment.
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James' Fight Against Leukemia has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to Vinh, Michael and Le.
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Viet Le
14 months ago
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We'll get through this together as a family. - From both me and Lilly!

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Kendra Garrett-Peters
3 months ago

Have they discussed Stem Cell Transplant? My son was diagnose at 3 months shy of 19 years old with AML. March 29, 2017 he received transplant and has been doing very well. Just another option.

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Hashim Bharoocha
5 months ago

Have you tried any natural therapies like the Gerson therapy? https://gerson.org/gerpress/

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Diana Fernando
14 months ago

Praying for you and your family. Fernando Family

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Frank Do
14 months ago

Yo i'll be sure to ask the fam in canada to donate as well man! Stay strong James.

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Christine Do
14 months ago

You are doing fine Jame. We are always supporting you as a family. God bless you. Be strong and positive in any way!

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Praying for you to beat AML!

Viet Le
14 months ago
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We'll get through this together as a family. - From both me and Lilly!

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Kendra Garrett-Peters
3 months ago

Have they discussed Stem Cell Transplant? My son was diagnose at 3 months shy of 19 years old with AML. March 29, 2017 he received transplant and has been doing very well. Just another option.

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Hashim Bharoocha
5 months ago

Have you tried any natural therapies like the Gerson therapy? https://gerson.org/gerpress/

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Diana Fernando
14 months ago

Praying for you and your family. Fernando Family

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Frank Do
14 months ago

Yo i'll be sure to ask the fam in canada to donate as well man! Stay strong James.

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Christine Do
14 months ago

You are doing fine Jame. We are always supporting you as a family. God bless you. Be strong and positive in any way!

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