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Taking care of Ty cost alot of time and money! Let's help out with what we can!!

November 14, 2010, Derrick Tyler Ross a.k.a Ty was taken to the E.R. For a simple “boo boo” on his finger. After running blood tests the Dr’s find abnormal results. Further evaluation showed Ty’s spleen and Liver were enlarged. November 15, 2010 , a biopsy was taken from his bone marrow. Results diagnosed Ty, with a deadly cancer known as JMML. Dr’s at Macon Medical’s Children’s Hospital openly told us that they have never seen a case of JMML, and that they had NO knowledge on how to treat it.

Soon Ty was transported to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta Georgia. It was there that we were educated on this type of cancer. “0% chance of survival without a bone marrow transplant!” was one of the first things the Dr said. This journey has been a testament to our faith.

John and Julie Yarbrough placed their lives on hold to take care of their three year old grandson. April 25, 2011, John , Julie and Ty went to Atlanta to start preparing for transplant! A central line was placed in Ty’s chest which is where he received chemo and blood. On may 4th , somewhere in the world a man went into an O.R and donated bone marrow to save the life of another. That same day that bone marrow was transplanted into Ty’s little body.

Ty stayed in the hospital for 6 weeks before being sent to the Ronald McDonald House, taking care of Ty was a chore in itself, 3 trips a week to the clinic and being careful not to expose Ty of germs. On July 14th Ty was able to come back home to Thomaston, Ga. For 180 days after transplant Ty will not have a full functioning immune system. So being extra careful with his care is top priority!

Cancer does not discriminate, nor does it have mercy on it’s victims! One thing is certain we hold on to God’s Word.

For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37

Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML)

JMML is a serious chronic leukemia (cancer of the blood) that affects children mostly aged 4 and under.

JMML accounts for 1-2% of childhood leukemia's each year; in the United States, an estimated 25-50 new cases are diagnosed each year, which also equates to about 3 cases per million children.

Without treatment, the survival of children with JMML is approximately 5%.

Only Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT), commonly referred to as a bone marrow or (umbilical)

cord bloodtransplant, has been shown to be successful in curing a child of JMML; with HSCT, recent research studies have found the survival rate to be approximately 50%.

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