Honored Kid

Austin Dunlap

Age 25
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Location

East Helena, MT, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

August 2010

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Seattle Children's Hospital

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. Austin was diagnosed before his 8th grade year. He was treated @ St Peters Hospital for 3 years with chemotherapy. HIS FINAL TREATMENT was May 7 , 2013 a few weeks before his 16th birthday. Summer break came Austin enjoyed feeling as a teen boy should. Driving his truck hanging at the lake and a job for summer. School started as his Junior High School year. He did some High school rodeo's and qualified for state. Austin was getting ready for high school wrestling season to start. Austin was at home and got a bloody nose that wouldn't stop. We had to take him to the ER, they drew blood due to his past medical. ER doctor told us he had hardly any platelets and that is why his noise couldn't stop bleeding. Then the ER doctor told us his whiteblood cells were extremely high and they already called his cancer doctor. He was admitted and the began strong chemotherapy stayed in hospital for 31 days. Austin relapsed and he needed a mone marrow transplant. He was put on a donor listed, blessed with multipule donors. As a family we left Helena to stay in Seattle on January 19, 2014 . Austin transplant was Febuary 21, 2014 at 12:30 am he slept thru the hour in a half transplant. Austin remained in the hospital for 30 days. We will have to stay in Seattle for 100 days after transplant. Today we are at day 48 almost half way done for his out patient appointments. He is currently doing extremely well and his new bone marrow has been happy with Austin. Today we live one day at a time and feel extremely blessed for his donor gift of life for our son's life. The support Austin and us as a family have received has been wonderful it gives us strength. We are blessed and thankful for our community.

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