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This fundraiser ended on 03/31/14

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Family and friends of Joseph Beilke are uniting to help him and funds will be used for Joseph's medical costs and related expenses.

Joseph was diagnosed with neutropenia at the age of 17 months; he is still fighting neutropenia today at the age of 14. He has been in a tough fight almost his entire life with many trips, hospital stays, blood draws and bone marrow biopsies. In December, after his annual biopsy, results came back abnormal. Another biopsy two weeks later confirmed the abnormal result. Joseph was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) as well as his neutropenia. In MDS, the bone marrow does not make enough normal blood cells for the body. One, two or all three types of blood cells — red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets — may be affected. The marrow may also make immature cells called blasts. Blasts normally develop into red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets. In MDS, the blasts are abnormal and do not develop or function normally. Joseph underwent a bone marrow transplant in April. Since then there has been many compliations health wise and many trips back to the hospital for stays. Joeseph will be undergoing another surgery in Novemeber to have his gall bladder removed as the infection that was in his gallbladder has caused too much damage. Joseph and his two brothers have an incredible passion for the sport of hockey. He feels as though it is being taken away from him. We don’t want this to be the case; we want him back on the ice where he is happiest, matter of fact Joe has asked his doctor multiple times when he can return to the ice. Although Joseph has blood cancer, he wants to help everyone. Last year he signed up for a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event with some of his team mates Team Rink Rats. St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a childhood cancer charity funding the most promising research to help find cures for kids with cancer. The Foundation raises money for childhood cancer research primarily through head-shaving events. Team Rink Rats were the highest grossing team. Joseph shaved his head with the rest of the boys, not thinking of himself but others. This long battle has been draining the family both mentally and financially. It’s a long road ahead…we cannot change this disease, but we can support how he will fight. Joseph is a fighter and WILL WIN!! Thank you for any donations, support and most importantly prayers. God Bless You. The Family of Joseph Beilke, Jason/Joanne/Jason Jr/Justin Josie/Janelle/Grandma Beilke/Gawlik Aunts, Uncles and Cousins The Johnson Family, Bob, Andrew and Melanie (Joe's adopted hockey family last season) If you would prefer to mail a check, you may do so as a trust medical fund has been set up for Joe and send it to Melanie Johnson please contact her at 708-253-3894 for a mailing address as well as If you have any questions or would like to speak to a family representative feel free to call Melanie Johnson. 

Please note that gift cards from any organizations would be appreciated. With the multiple days off and many medical issues that Joe has had the family could use some help to purchase the necessary items for home.
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