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The family and friends of the Coats Family are uniting to raise money to help with the out of pocket cost of "lil" Clints Stem Cell Transpla

Everyone knows my nephew Clint as a rightious, friendly, polite, young man. He enjoys reading, music and has a compassion for nature. He fills himself with knowledge and stories that he enjoys sharing and teaching others.

In Sept 2001, The Coats family received the devastating news that two of their Children had an extremely rare genetic disease called Fanconi Anemia (approximately 600-900 patients in the entire Country and 3000 Worldwide). As a result very few hematologists or transplant Doctors-to say nothing of family practice physicians or pediatricians-have ever treated an FA patient. We also know that treatment for FA patients for a particular condition (such as bone marrow failure, leukemia or a solid tumor) is different from treatment for non-FA patients with the same condition. Treating a FA patient with Chemo and radiation for transplant may be life threatening rather than life saving. Therefore, it is critically important for FA families to be referred to a Transplant physician and hospital that has some degree of experience treating FA patients. Clint (23) must undergo a Hematopoietic (Non-Related donor) stem –cell transplant. Clint has been extremely blessed to have the opportunity to be accepted at the University of Minnesota where there are Doctors that have extended experience in treating FA patients.
Clinton and his Mother (Mrs.Yvette) will travel to Minneapolis Minnesota to have his Stem-Cell Transplant very soon. This is where we are asking for your help. Clint has had to travel to his local hospital in Chicago about 45 min away as many as up to four times a week for the past two years for care and transfusions prior to his transplant. Gas and parking for these visits has already been quite costly. Clint’s mom, “Mrs.Yvette” has temporarily taken a leave in her family Child-Care business while accompanying Clint to clinic visits and becoming a full time caregiver and advocacy for her son.
Clint and his mother will arrive in Minnesota a week before his transplant, he will be hospitalized approximately six weeks, and afterwards, he and his mother must live in Minnesota area for at least 100 days after his transplant for treatment. Housing and food cost in Minnesota is not covered by his insurance, he is not eligible for the Ronald McDonald house because of his age, therefore; his family must acquire funds to cover housing, utilities, transportation, parking, food for at least three months. The minimal for a furnished apartment within the required hospital area is approximately $1200.00 a month. Motel is approx $80.00 nightly. Utilities, food and travel are of an undetermined amount.
In addition, Clint’s immune system will be extremely compromised for at least a year. There can be many complications after this type of Hematopoietic S.C.T transplant where all the immune T-cells are depleted. When he return home, he will have to continue to visit his Doctor several time a week. Preventing Clint from contacting even a common infection is VITAL to his health and well-being. Mrs.Yvette will not be opening her Childcare during this time and we will prepare their home for a safe return home with Hepa-filter clean air machines, installing new water filters, and showerhead and anything else that need to be provided to create a safe germ free environment upon his return home.
Clint will soon be facing the biggest challenge of his life. What we can do is to help alleviate some of the financial strain his family is facing and allow them to focus on Clint getting better. Therefore, with hope and humility I am turning to our families, friends, and their community for help. Thank you for your donations, support, and all your prayers. Please continue to pray for our sister’s family. If you prefer to donate personally send donations
to: 4333 W. 176th st Country Club Hills Il. 60478, you may contact me by e-mail at Jwright4coatsfam@aol.com for More information.
Sincerely,
Jeanette
To find information about F.A. Visit www.FanconiAnemiafoundation.org

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