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On July 2nd, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) with mixed phenotypes. This means that I have to have a bone marrow transplant to survive. I have a wonderful husband, Mckinley, and beautiful little girl, Megan, who need me.

I am a Clinical Laboratory Scientist who has been performing research in a stem cell lab for others and suddenly I am now on the receiving end. I am determined to use this experience to fuel my drive to help other patients who find themselves diagnosed with ALL.

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January 3, 2022

A quick update. Thanks again for all the support. I'm two years out from my Bone Marrow Transplant! Yay.

Everything is going well, I'm still 100% donor cells and my counts are mostly normal. Life on the other side has its challenges but I am grateful for every moment.

Slowly returning to what can be normal and started my academic journey shortly after transplant. This Spring I will be graduating with my Master's in Biomedical Engineering and continuing on to get my PhD. This is very important for me because my research has always been focused on hematopoietic stem cells and I am so thankful for the opportunity to help others like me have a better chance of a successful transplant.

Again thank you so much for all your donations! I am grateful for all the help.

October 9, 2019

Transplant day is November 15th!!!! I'm super excited to be moving forward with my life. I will be in the hospital for a month and then two months I have to stay in Gainesville away from my home and family. I will have a caregiver 24/7. We will need to provide our own food in the lodging and need gas to travel from Ocala to Gainesville.

My husband is going to take unpaid leave to help out and provide care for both me and our daughter, Megan. This has been a huge financial burden on our family. We appreciate any contribution that you can make.

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November 20, 2019

Praying for you!!

Susan Shewchuk

October 13, 2019

Heather thinking of you and your beautiful family, sending you tons of greetings and hugs!
Hoping you find strength with each new day. ...
Every day you are getting closer.
I’m rooting for you.
Maria Silva

Maria Silva

October 9, 2019

My prayers for your health

LUis Rodriguez