Happy news for a Happy New Year! January 2, 2010 Happy 2010! For those of you who have not heard or read Jonathan's Caring Bridge recently, there has been some really great news so far this week! Jonathan was able to go home this past Sunday after 6 long weeks at Swedish Medical Institute. On Wednesday, he followed up at the doctor's office and was informed that his bone marrow biopsy showed no apparent cancer blasts, indicating he is in official remission! This is huge, being that he is now eligible for a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as we all would like. Insurance has been a difficult obstacle, and we still do not have all of our questions answered. However, we do know some things; it looks like he will be going to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for the bone marrow transplant after all. This is great news for Jonathan and Melanie, especially because it is located in Seattle, WA. In addition, this will be a much smoother transition for him, especially because his oncologist's work very closely with "The Hutch" and hopefully be less paper shuffling and confusion, although that may be wishful thinking. As of today, the transplant is scheduled to start February 11, 2010, so until then Jonathan will be receiving low doses of chemo in attempts to keep his cancer in remission. It is also important to note, Jonathan's insurance and coverage for a bone marrow transplant still has a shortfall. Since his insurance policy has changed as of January 1, 2010, we haven't locked down a solid number, however this shortfall will certainly be a 6-digit dollar amount. What does this mean? It means we still need to aggressively raise money to help him pay for this procedure. Jonathan's only chance for survival is a bone marrow transplant, so it is imperative we raise the funds needed for the procedure. I apologize I can't provide the exact shortfall dollar amount today, but I am confident that next week will certainly yield more answers. Until next week, be happy, think positive, keep praying and be grateful for your blessings. Life is a wonderful gift and remember, it is the little things in life that are generally the most important! Take time to laugh, it is the most powerful medicine on earth! God Bless
Dec 30, 2009
One more victory! December 30, 2009 Great News - Jonathan is officially in remission! What's next? We are currently working on finding a facility for Jonathan to receive a bone marrow transplant - as of today, the University of MN looks very promising. More news to come very soon...
Thank you to everyone who has supported Jonathan and the family during this challenging time. We greatly appreciate all those that have contributed - your support and love has gone a long way! Please keep spreading the word to raise money to help fund his bone marrow transplant. God Bless!
Dec 17, 2009
Update December 16, 2009 Hi everyone, Mel here. I know you have all been sitting on pins and needles wondering about the results of Jon's biopsy. Well hooray there are no blasts in the marrow...