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The doctor said it was “the good kind” of leukemia.

In April 2017, Robert had been experiencing severe abdominal pain and rapid weight loss for weeks, but as a contract worker with an IT firm, he had no health insurance. Finally, he could no longer ignore the troubling symptoms and went to the ER. It didn’t take long for the doctors to come back with the scariest word imaginable: cancer.

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January 18, 2020

My brother is a mutant. No wait…let me start that over. In all sincerity, we are here to update everyone and to ask for your help in the form of spreading this campaign. As many of you know, when Robert went in for his pre-transplant evaluation we found out his leukemia had progressed to the point of blast crisis. This meant putting the transplant on hold while he went through chemo, which kept him in the hospital for about a month. Unfortunately, the chemo and all other treatments have failed to bring his blast and other blood counts into the ranges necessary to go to transplant. His case is highly unusual and he has not responded to treatment the way doctors expected because of the mutations driving the disease. Long story short, he is now being referred for a second opinion to one of the top CML doctors in the country, who is located in Georgia. You know what all of this means? We have to raise our fundraising goal. We are keenly aware that our friends have already been generous beyond description, so we aren’t asking for people to donate again. However, we ask you to share our campaign far and wide. Cancer survivors, relatives of those who lost their fight against cancer, and many others may be moved to help support our family as we work together to bring my brother back to wellness. Please share this post and talk it up! And thank you again to everyone for your support!!!

November 6, 2019

Last night I was at rehearsal when I decided to see how this campaign was doing. When I realized where we were I thought my heart might explode! I exclaimed to the orchestra and there was a celebratory round of applause. GOAL ACHIEVED!!! People in that orchestra pit had donated…families of students had donated…friends near and far had donated…many of you donated. And because so many people chose to donate, my family can now focus on the actual healing process. Friends, to say we are grateful simply doesn’t do it justice. As I type these words I can’t help but be overwhelmed to the point of tears by the love and support you have all shown us. Thank you from all of us in the Garment family. We will never forget the kindness you have shown us. <3

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January 18, 2020

Keep the faith. Constant prayers....

Marsha Crowle

January 18, 2020

Love to you and your family. ❤️

Amy Austin

January 8, 2020

W are praying for you and your family. Hoping for good news soon.

Bianca Williams

December 21, 2019

Praying for you!

Quiana Peterson