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The funds will be used for medical costs and related expenses not covered by insurance. Any excess would be used for basic living expenses.

We were married on Oct 5th, 1996, on Oct 7th my husband was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and it has been an uphill battle ever since. He has been in and out of remission since then. Being in the Air Force reserve he was called to active duty after 9/11 and remained on active duty until 2005 when his cancer made it too difficult to work and he reluctantly retired after serving our country for 23 years. He was out of work all of 2005 and was not expected to survive, but he is strong willed and maintained a positive attitude and pulled thru with the support of our friends and family. About 2 years ago he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in his lung. While undergoing treatment for this it was discovered he also had MDS. In July of this year he was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia which is a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. In AML, the bone marrow makes many unformed cells called blasts. Blasts normally develop into white blood cells that fight infection. However, the blasts are abnormal in AML. They do not develop and cannot fight infections. The bone marrow may also make abnormal red blood cells and platelets. The number of abnormal cells (or leukemia cells) grows quickly. They crowd out the normal red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets the body needs. Normal white blood cell counts range between 4,000-11,000. Rons white blood cell count is .4. He doesn't even have 1, which means he is suseptible to any kind of germ. He is suppose to stay away from crowds and anyone who is sick. One of the few things he enjoys is spending time with his family and 6 grandchildren. Unfortunately that has been greatly curtailed. He is currently undergoing chemo and is scheduled for another marrow biopsy on Oct. 1st to see if his blast counts have come down enough to make him eligible for a bone marrow transplant. I too have been out of work since Jan 2011 for medical reasons. I was released to return to work Dec 2011 but have been unable to find work and my unemployment is coming to an end. On top of all of this we are currently in foreclosure mediation on our home due to both of us missing so much work. Thank you for taking the time to read our story. Any help would be appreciated, whether it be donations, prayers, comments or just passing this information along. Linda Donofrio

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