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Mitch is kicking leukemia's booty - now we face more formidable foes: transplant & debt. Help us give them roundhouse kicks to the face!

My husband, Mitchell, was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) on April 11, 2012 at the age of 26. Because it is an aggressive disease, we were transported to UAMS in Little Rock within hours of his diagnosis. After his first round of chemo, nothing had happened - the doctors said it looked like they hadn't even treated him. Rounds two and three had better results. After round three, and three long months in the hospital, he was finally in remission! However, due to the stubbornness of his leukemia, he will have to have a bone marrow transplant. We've been told that this transplant is his hope for a cure. The procedure is very expensive and will require us to essentially move to St. Louis for approximately three months, incurring more debt. Insurance will help cover some of the procedure costs, but we don't know how much. It will not cover any lodging or travel expenses. Additionally, since I will not be able to teach during his transplant and recovery, my paycheck is going to be stretched.

We have been so very blessed thus far - you have all been absolutely incredible. Even after supporting us for five months, I still have people asking how they can help. That is why I've set up this page. It is meant to be a convenient way for you to help financially, if that is how you feel led. As the transplant occurs, our resources are going to be continuously stretched; any amount you wish to give will be cherished and will allow us to live in more freedom from the stress of debts. If, by chance, there are any extra monies after our debts are paid, they will be used in celebration and thanksgiving with you all. :) We want to experience joie de vivre (joy of living) with you, our friends, and to give back for the ways you've given to us.

So, once we have recovered, we'd like to share a "life party" with you. What that party will look like depends on our means and when complete recovery has taken place. But know, we WILL celebrate! Thank you all from the depths of our souls for your love and prayers. You forever have our hearts.

joie de vivre,

Sam

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