Honored Kid

Dylan Givargiznia

Age 23
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Location

Lincoln City, OR, US

Diagnosis

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Date of Diagnosis

April 2005

Status

In treatment

Treated At

University of California, San Francisco Seattle Children's Hospital Doernbecher Children's Hospital

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My Story

Our son Dylan was diagnosed with ALL in 2005. After a rough start, he finally got into remission. Close to three years later, he relapsed. In Sept 2009 Dylan had a Bone Marrow Transplant. His donor was a complete stranger who helped extend our son's life! Dylan then lived "cancer free"...attending his freshmen year of high school and even joining ASB (Leadership)! On Memorial Day of 2014, almost 5 years without this, we took Dylan to the hospital...and worst fears were brought to light...he relapsed again. Dylan was admitted to the hospital in Portland, Oregon and stayed there for 66 days, including a 2 day stay in the PICU! (1st time for us) We were told we should take him home, for they feared that he would pass away from the Leukemia. I can't see me doing that...what mom can? See Dylan may have ALL...the most-common of Leukemia's, but his is very chemo-resistant and unique the doctors say. So, we needed nothing short of a miracle to continue on in treatment...her needed a clear chest x-ray. After receiving a horrible medicine, that he was originally allergic too, his chest began clearing! We were approved for a clinical trail study in Seattle, Washington and should be admitted their in the beginning of October. In the meantime, we are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Portland, Oregon...close to Doernbecher for treatment. ,Dylan gets chemo every 10 days and visits 2-3 times a week. Trying to keep the Leukemia at bay until we get our T-cells ready! Please pray for our family, we are originally from California, we moved here in July 2012. Our daughter was accepted into the University of Oregon and to help with tuition costs and be close to her, we moved to the coast of Oregon. She is currently in her junior year there and we want her to keep pushing through. So we are taking care of Dylan, while homeschooling the boys, ages 10, 8, 6, and 4. We are grateful, thankful, humbled by everyone's love and support. Please pray, please donate, if you can...but please pray.

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