Honored Kid

Blake Howard

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Bethany, OK, US


Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML)

Date of Diagnosis

September 2014


Passed away

Treated At

The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center

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My Story

Blake Daniel Howard was diagnosed on September 21st, 2014 at 5 1/2 months old with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML) where he was admitted to the Hematology/Oncology floor at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center in OKC, OK. Blake spent 23 days in the PICU where he was intubated, put on dialysis and had his spleen removed. He was admitted for 123 days in the hospital, received 176 blood transfusions, and several rounds of chemo. Blake had a stem cell transplant on Dec 19th, 2014 and was able to come home on Jan 21st, 2015. We got to spend a very short month and a half at home as a united family with his 5 siblings, one of which was his twin sister, before we learned of his relapse on March 4th, 2015. He spent another 18 days in the hospital, in and out of the PICU, receiving more blood transfusions, another intensive round of chemo, and a 2nd stem cell transplant on March 23rd, all while battling a respiratory virus, Adenovirus. He ended up suffering from respiratory distress due to the virus and chemo treatments and passed away on March 26th, 2015 in his mommy and daddy's arms. He was just 2 weeks shy of his 1st Birthday. Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia only accounts for 1%-2% of Leukemia cases...that's about 1 in every 1.5 million. A bone marrow transplant is the only cure with less than a 50% success rate. #teambabyblake 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.

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