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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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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.

September 27, 2019

My last bone marrow biopsy results showed that I am currently in remission!

I will be going in for another cycle of chemotherapy this week (October 1st). I’m waiting on confirmation testing on donors. I should be going to transplant at the end of October or the 1st part of November.

Due to the nature of my disease I can’t work and we are dependent on one income. Mckinley has been working hard to support us but he isn’t always getting a full 40 hours because he is taking care of me and Megan. I have to go to Shands multiple times a week. We have to pay for gas and food expenses. We are still in need of assistance to help us get through this difficult times.

Any help would be appreciated.

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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. Love, Maria Silva

Maria Silva

October 9, 2019

My prayers for your health

LUis Rodriguez

October 4, 2019

Heather, thank you for being a dedicated Tech. The work that you do takes dedication. I hope that you receive a successful transplant and never have to be on this side of cancer again. Stay strong. Take care. Jeanie

Jeanie Savon