Pete's Leukemia & stem cell battle

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Petes Leukemia and Stem cell battle

Hey everyone

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.


Thankyou all

Helen Wilkinson xx
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Well things are not quite going to plan, sorry I haven't updated this recently but I wanted to wait until we knew what was happening and I'm not good with bad news ... Pete's off the trial drug as it's no longer working, this was heartbreaking for all .. now Trying another drug to try to get him well enough for stem cell treatment and as you understand this is hard on everyone ... thank you all for sharing and donating we are half way to getting Pete through the time off he needs off with treatment and we all appreciate it so much ... if you could continue sharing and donating we would be so thankful, you guys are amazing xx thanks Helen
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Update 1 - we are 1/3 there, Pete and I are sending our sincere thanks to everyone that has shared or donated and if you're being spammed by this... sorry (not sorry ) feeling the love ❤️
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
Xx Helen
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Cindy Silk
4 months ago
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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

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Sarah Jane Bridle
3 months ago

We love you Pete you are in our prayers every night ☺️You are a great young man and are like a son to Brett and me and you always treated our daughter with the utmost respect and love and we wish you nothing but the best on your journey ❤️ anything we can do to help we will love to you all stay strong xoxo

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Created June 29, 2018
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Gregory Greene
2 months ago

With love from Phoebe and Jake, stay strong and run forward

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Sarah Peterson
2 months ago

Love you lots, Love Sarah & Tim

Cindy Silk
4 months ago
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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

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Sarah Jane Bridle
3 months ago

We love you Pete you are in our prayers every night ☺️You are a great young man and are like a son to Brett and me and you always treated our daughter with the utmost respect and love and we wish you nothing but the best on your journey ❤️ anything we can do to help we will love to you all stay strong xoxo

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