There is nothing like a mother’s plea to save her child’s life. I saw a short news story on NY1 News that tore at my heart and I just had to write about it. Little 5-year-old Luis Danvers needs our help. He has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Luis’ mother Sharon Turnage held a blood drive on Saturday Dec. 4th in Queens, NY. Although the blood drive has passed, those who wish to still show their support can visit Luis’ Facebook page (Luis Danvers Leukemia Fund) to make a financial donation. You can also visit Luis’ website at CaringBridge.org to find out how you can perhaps still take the swab test.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is a form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells characterized by excess lymphoblasts. Malignant, immature white blood cells continuously mulltiply and are overproduced in the bone marrow. ALL causes damage and death by crowding out normal cells in the bone marrow, and by spreading (infiltrating) to other organs. ALL is most common in childhood with a peak incidence at 2-5 years of age, and another peak in old age. The overall cure rate in children is about 80%, and about 45-60% of adults have long-term disease-free survival.