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The family, friends and loved ones are uniting to raise money to help Abdi with his repeat battle vs. Leukemia. Please show your support!

On May 22, 2012, at 102 days after transplant, Abdi and Therese, (because they are truly one united soul) were discharged from outpatient care to their home in Knoxville, TN.

It's a GIRL!! Lillian Katherine Mallari Villatuya is her name. A beautiful girl with goregous black hair like silk, and beautiful eyes like her "Dad".  Well almost.....Therese and Abdi always hoped to have children but struggled for years, however through their journey with Leukemia, they met this beautiful young lady Kate, that has become their "daughter" from Heaven.  Kate is their transplant coordinator, and she truly has changed their life for the better.

Upon returning home to Knoxville, they immediately placed their home up for sale, and moved into their new apartment. Their "son" Isaac and his family live on the same property so the transition was very easy. Abdi worked diligently daily with his strengthening exercises and Therese, "the mad scientist" as Abdi called her, worked in the kitchen trying to create meals that were high in protein and in calories and that still tasted good considering the limited foods for Abdi. 

On August 16, 2012, they returned to Houston for thier six month check up and the repeat bone marrow biopsy results showed NO CANCER OF ANY KIND AND ABDI WAS THEN 100% donor cells!! Miraculous!! Thank you Jesus!!

The following week at their check up in Knoxville, the blood levels were beginning to drop but they were reassurred that this is normal for the type of transplant Abdi had in January 2012.  Every week thereafter, blood levels would dip a little lower and Abdi began to lose weight. On October 10, 2012, they returned to Houston for a check up but this time the news was not good. Abdi and Therese were crushed because the bone marrow biopsy showed the leukemic cells (Acute Myeloid Leukemia---AML) were back at 46%.  They need to do chemotherapy immediately to get the AML into remission, and then do a second bone marrow transplant.

Why? How could this happen?  After  Abdi and Therese caught their breath, they wrote a letter to their transplant physician, Dr. Bashir, thanking him for his wonderful care and kindness. Who does this?? The Zaltash's do. Throughout this whole journey, they have given thanks forr all of their many blessings, and with that I would like to ask you to please help this family in anyway you can.

Firstly, and above all else, PRAY for Abdi to be completely healed through God's grace.

Thank you so much. I love this family and they have and continue to inspire me each day in my life by the love and devotion they have to each other. I pray for the same blessings in my marriage thrroughout the years.

Leigh Simpson....."Leelee"

 

 

 

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