Pete's Leukemia & stem cell battle
Pete is my son, he's 24 and was diagnosed last year with aggressive Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, which is a blood disease, not common in people under 50, the chance of him having it is less than 0.05%, he is complex karotype which unfortunately they say may not have a good outcome.
It's been a tough 12 months, with failed chemotherapy due to the aggressiveness of his cancer and complications. Pete is currently on a trial drug which keeps him alive and his leukaemia under some control. In that time he has only managed 4 months work. Unfortunately his last employer when he was first diagnosed, didn't pay his superannuation and therefore any income protection insurance before they went into liquidation, so he has no insurance income to fall back on while in treatment and recovery.
Our family have supported Pete as much as possible but the coffers are low. I've have my own health problems and was on life support last year and still in recovery, now with only one income, supporting Pete financially is more and more difficult.
The next phase for Pete is a stem cell transplant within 6 months, this is to try and control and maybe cure this debilitating cancer, whilst the trial drug still has some control and we are currently searching for a stem cell donor as close family are not full matches. There is a only a 50% chance of Pete making it through the next couple of years, as you can imagine this is something no mother wants to hear and its tough and something we are all still trying to process this mentally.
After the stem cell transplant Pete is in for a minimum 12 month recovery period before he can work again. During this time Pete would like to remain as independent as possible including living on his own as he does now. As his Mum I'd like him to take a couple of short trips to enjoy his time and life a little before the transplant.
Unfortunately like most cancers we don’t know what the future holds for Pete, in the meantime we are all staying as positive as we can be.
I've set up this 'go fund me' to simply help support him with any medical and living expenses during his stem cell transplant and recovery.
It took a lot of convincing to get Pete to agree on letting me set this page up for him as he doesn't want to be treated any different or feel like a charity. (or that person with cancer, in his words).
I think this is the right thing to do to provide him with some support and to help support his wish to feel a bit independent at a time in his 20's when this should never be something he needs to deal with.
Any donation big or small is appreciated. even your best wishes to him or a share to get the word out to support this amazing strong, courageous young man, I'm proud to call my son.
Helen Wilkinson xx
There's a second fundraiser phase coming for my cakes mates in Australia ... a collaborative class ... with a few of my amazing talented and generous cake mates ... stay tuned... more to come but this will be an awesome day
Mum to Mum, all the best wishes sent to your wonderful family, our daughter was diagnosed 4 years ago with APML leukemia, just over 12 months ago it mutated and entered her central nervous system and brain, and was sent away for aggressive treatment, and is on continual treatment. She is about to start another full round and a stem cell collection also. She is so strong and positive, just like your son, they are an inspiration to us.xx