James' Fight Against Leukemia
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!
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.
Ari & James
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.
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.
Have you tried any natural therapies like the Gerson therapy? https://gerson.org/gerpress/
Praying for you and your family. Fernando Family
Yo i'll be sure to ask the fam in canada to donate as well man! Stay strong James.
You are doing fine Jame. We are always supporting you as a family. God bless you. Be strong and positive in any way!