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This fundraiser ended on 08/24/12

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Nathan's family is raising money to help with his Leukemia battle. Please keep them in your thoughts

HI,
We know times are tough and many have lost jobs. Some people have suffered financial difficulties. It is especially hard on those in poor health who are going through a debilitating medical condition. Unfortunately our family is experiencing just such a medical crisis and ask you to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. This crisis with our 3 year old son had put us in a position to ask for any monetary donation you can spare to help with our son's medical bills.
Nathan is 3 years old and has recently been diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. This is his/our story. Nathan was our little surprise from God. He has a sister, now 6 and a brother, now 5. Nathan was born on May 13th 2009, he was a big boy at 8 lbs, 13 ozs. He was extremely jaundiced when he was born and had to stay in the NICU for a week. While Nathan was in the NICU, we found out he has Downs Syndrome. He is extremely nearsighted, delayed in his developmental milestones and has had several therapists work with him throughout his life. Nathan has always been a happy, loving child, he waves hi to everyone and is always clapping and laughing.
On May 9. 2012 our lives were changed forever. On that day Nathan cried all day and could not be consoled. He couldn't walk, stand, crawl of barely sit up, all of which he had learned to do before this day. We took him to Urgent Care, and they sent us to the hospital. Blood tests confirmed that Nathan has Leukemia. The cancer cells were causing pain in the bones and joints which is why he couldn’t move. Nathan was admitted to Cook Childrens Hospital that night, with tests and treatment starting the next day. They did a spinal tap, bone marrow biopsies from both hips, and put in a port so he doesn’t need to keep getting IV’s which will be part of his treatment for the next 2 1/2 years. There were also x-rays, EKG, and many, many blood tests. His initial hospital stay was 11 days, during that time, he was on IV fluids and receiving chemo drugs. We celebrated Nathan’s third birthday (and Mother’s Day) in the hospital.
Nathan was discharged and sent home with many different medicines to take by mouth, as well as IV chemo once weekly. The worst of his medications the first month was a steroid that he had to take twice daily for 28 days. He gained a lot of weight fast, had joint pain so he didn’t walk or move, and was miserable, just sitting and crying all the time. Nathan couldn’t sleep, and at one point spiked a fever that sent us to the ER where he was admitted into the hospital for 3 days. At the end of the first month he had another spinal tap with chemo and 2 more bone marrow biopsies. We got some good news with the biopsies, they saw 0% of cancer cells.
Right now Nathan’s treatment is to make sure there are no cancer cells hiding anywhere, and his treatment will continue for the next 2 ½ years to make sure he stays cancer free. The doctors have given us a good prognosis, but have warned us that it’ll be a long 2 ½ years.
He is on his second month of treatment and we thank God that he is off the steroid for now. He is laughing and babbling again and slowly starting to walk with help. He is acting like the Nathan we know and love. Nathan is getting different medicines by mouth and once weekly spinal taps to get chemo in his spine. Next month He’ll have different drugs by mouth and more IV chemo. I have to admit that I don’t know what the next part of his treatment involves, I can only handle so much at one time..if you ask my husband Phillip he could tell you what’s next, he retains the plan much better than I do. I can say that while Nathan is going through treatment his immune system is suppressed and the doctors fully expect us to be at the hospital again because of fevers or other illnesses.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers and know that any financial help you can afford will be sincerely appreciated. Bless you!
The Lopiccolo Family
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