Honored Kid

Jacob Kowalik

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Location

Downers Grove, IL, US

Diagnosis

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Date of Diagnosis

February 2009

Status

Passed away

Treated At

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

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My Story

In July 2009 Jacob was diagnosed with MDS (pre leukemia to AML) and Monosomy 7. In October 2009 Jacob had a bone marrow transplant. Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of diseases that affect the bone marrow and blood. MDS is a pre-leukemia that over time turns into AML (acute Myelogenous Leukemia). Although the bone marrow transplant was successful he continued to battle Chronic Graft vs. Host Disease which meant his body rejected the transplant and was having a difficult time accepting the cells. For the next 4 1/2 years Jacob spent a lot of time in the hospital, at dialysis clinics and physical and occupational therapy. During his good days and when he had the energy he tried to be a normal little boy. He loved to read, play ball, ride his bike and play legos. Jacob's positive attitude and incredible spirit shined through this horrible battle. He will always be our "SuperHero".

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