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The Swansons have been suddenly faced with major illnesses with both of their kids related to a rare genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis Type 1. 

Oliver (1) was referred to Seattle Children's Hospital because he had high white blood cell count. On 9/14, he was diagnosed with JMML, which is an extraordinarily rare type of leukemia. They see about 1 case per year at Children’s. The doctors said it has a 50% survival rate, but Oliver’s hopefully is higher than that since they caught it early.

Eliza (2) has optic gliomas (non-malignant but growing tumors) behind both her eyes. These are non-cancerous and not life-threatening, but she will require weekly chemo treatments in Seattle for a year.

Please help lift some of the financial burden from the Swansons who will be dealing with medical, travel, time off work, and other expenses. 

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From Kara Swanson:
We wanted to say thank you to every single person that has donated and supported our family through this difficult time. We are so thankful for the many many people that have been faithfully praying as well.

Because of your generosity, we have been able to avoid any medical debt to date, and have been able to pay for gas, meals, and the other expenses we had!

We are so happy to be home with both kids! The way things are looking, we should be finishing treatment for both kids by the end of this year! If you think of it, please keep praying that Oliver stays 100% cancer free for life and that Eliza's tumors never grow back!

We have truly been shown the love of Jesus through our church, friends, family, and strangers through this time. We are forever changed from seeing this love poured out on us!
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Update from the Swansons:
They have officially diagnosed Oliver with leukemia. They plan to start treatment in about 2-3 weeks. It will be several months of in and out of the hospital with chemo and then a bone marrow transplant.

They will do the bone marrow transplant from the National registry - you should sign up if you aren’t registered! https://join.bethematch.org/s/?language=en_US Parents/siblings are not great options for this type of leukemia.

Oliver has JMML, which is an extraordinarily rare type of leukemia. They see about 1 case per year at Children’s. The doctors said it has a 50% survival rate, but Oliver’s hopefully is higher than that since they caught it early.

We are so in shock and confused why our family is being hit so hard with these medical problems. We are trying to trust God’s plan and know someday there will be a time with no more pediatric cancer units and no more suffering. Until then we are going to fight with all of our might for our kids and we are so thankful for every single person who has reached out to us.

A lot of people have asked how to help - we have a GoFundMe page set up to help with our out of pocket max for insurance ($7,000 a year), travel to Seattle, and missed work for Kara. Gift cards are also super helpful. Freezer meals are helpful. Most of all we want every person possible praying every day for healing for Eliza and Oliver. Thank you everyone for your support
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Posted by Celeste Fiorillo
9 months ago ago
Update from the Swansons:
They have officially diagnosed Oliver with leukemia. They plan to start treatment in about 2-3 weeks. It will be several months of in and out of the hospital with chemo and then a bone marrow transplant.

They will do the bone marrow transplant from the National registry - you should sign up if you aren’t registered! https://join.bethematch.org/s/?language=en_US Parents/siblings are not great options for this type of leukemia.

Oliver has JMML, which is an extraordinarily rare type of leukemia. They see about 1 case per year at Children’s. The doctors said it has a 50% survival rate, but Oliver’s hopefully is higher than that since they caught it early.

We are so in shock and confused why our family is being hit so hard with these medical problems. We are trying to trust God’s plan and know someday there will be a time with no more pediatric cancer units and no more suffering. Until then we are going to fight with all of our might for our kids and we are so thankful for every single person who has reached out to us.

A lot of people have asked how to help - we have a GoFundMe page set up to help with our out of pocket max for insurance ($7,000 a year), travel to Seattle, and missed work for Kara. Gift cards are also super helpful. Freezer meals are helpful. Most of all we want every person possible praying every day for healing for Eliza and Oliver. Thank you everyone for your support
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