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This is AJ's Battle against Leukemia fund. The money raised will be used for related expenses not covered by insurance.

Fighting Leukemia, (Acute Myeloid Monocytic Leukemia), AMML, is a difficult task, but one that Abdi (Abdi June, 'AJ') took on full force. After his first intensive chemotherapy, 28 days in isolation, and a great deal of prayer, he is in Remission! While still not out of the woods, for AMML, can always come back, he is meeting with the Transplant Team at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

AJ has just completed his 1st consolidation chemotherapy cycle, and is expected to complete four additional cycles. Thankfully, AJ's health insurance is covering most of the costs, however related expenses such as travel, temporary housing, and other living expenses are not covered by insurance, and are adding up quickly.

Those that know AJ, know he is a man of great integrity and humility. He is not the least bit impressed by titles or things, but is simply a man that loves his family and friends. He very rarely will ever share that he is very, very accomplished and brillant. When asked what he does for a living, he responds: "I sit in my office and drink tea", * a Persian's drink of choice. AJ is very accomplished and has earned two Master's of Science degrees in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, a Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering, has earned a position of "Fellow" for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), has been instrumental in scientific patents, and authored chapters in research resources. AJ is internally proud of his accomplishments, however, he is most proud of being a part of his wonderful family, and sustaining life long friendships for the past fifty years.

He never once has complained about his illness and simply says, "Why not me?" Every day he wakes and is thankful for another wonderful and blessed day with his loved ones, and his beautiful smile and dimples light up the room.

Please help AJ. You have the power to heal. Please make a contribution today. Your gift will help save his life.

FYI--Every year thousands of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening illnesses need a marrow transplant, but they have no donor match in their family. They depend on financial assistance to help them find an unrelated donor and receive a transplant.
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