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Thank you for support. Your donation to medical expenses is greatly appreciated! Sincerely, Jim, family & friends.

On 3/15/2012, Jim was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) due to a very large percentage of white blood cells in his bone marrow being cancerous cells. The next day he was admitted to the hospital and started a 7 day course of Induction Chemotherapy. This nuked all of his bone marrow by halting production of all blood cells and killed most or all of his existing blood cells, including any cancerous ones.

After his bone marrow "re-booted", he began to recover and re-produce his own blood. He was in the hospital (Providence Colby Campus) for right around a month, stabilizing enough to go home. After this first major round of chemo, his Bone Marrow Biopsy test passed completely clean. This means he is in 100% remission, the closest thing to being "cured" as there is, although there is still a long road ahead to complete recovery.

He has completed the 3rd of 4 "consolidation" chemotherapy sessions where he is in the hospital for 6-7 days for the chemo and is now recooperating. This "consolidation" process will likely be complete in late September.

Doctors have found a bone marrow donor match for Jim and they will most likely decide to go through with a bone marrow transplant after the "consolidation" chemo process. This means a significantly longer amount of time away from work, without income and incurring medical expenses than originally expected; sometimes this can take up to a year.

Jim's friends and family have created this page with his story to update you about his condition and to provide you a way to give to an man who has stayed amazingly strong and positive through his battle with Leukemia.

The continued support from friends, family and everyone at the City of Everett has been overwhelming. We hope this is an easy way for others to help out Jim in his journey to recovery, however arduous the process.

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