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Andrew Curbow Cancer Fund

Andrew Curbow Cancer Fund

On February 7, 2012, our 27 year old son, Andrew Curbow, was unexpectedly diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.), which is an extremely aggressive cancer of the blood. Before his diagnosis, Andrew had been a very healthy, young man. He had a promising new job, a new wife, two young sons, and a newborn daughter. On February 11, 2012, Andrew was transported to Stanford Cancer Institute in Palo Alto, California, where he began chemotherapy treatment and was placed on the donor list to receive a bone marrow transplant. During his stay at Stanford, Andrew developed a blood clot in his head and arm, which caused him to suffer a stroke. Andrew was temporarily paralyzed and ended up being in the hospital until March 22, 2012. To date, Andrew has pretty much overcome the effects of the stroke, but still has periodic trouble with numbness and control of his fingers.Since being released from the hospital, Andrew has had to frequently travel back and forth to Palo Alto for doctor appointments and periodic cycles of chemotherapy. We recently found out that an unrelated donor has been located and that Andrew will be going back to Stanford in August 2012 to begin the transplant process.Starting August 5, 2012, Andrew and a caregiver will need to live in Palo Alto for one week of outpatient radiation and pre-transplant treatment. Then, around September 5, 2012, Andrew and a caregiver will need to live in Palo Alto for approximately 3 to 4 months to continue post-transplant treatment.Up until this point, our family has banded together to help provide funds for Andrew’s transportation and overnight lodging needs pertaining to his treatments in Palo Alto. However, lodging in Palo Alto is very expensive and none of our family are in a position to cover the cost of an extended stay; especially for 3 to 4 months. We have sought the assistance of the Stanford Department of Social Work and Case Management, but they have informed me that they will only be able to cover a portion of the total cost and that we should try to raise additional funds. It has been estimated that we will need to raise $10,000. This is why we really need our community’s help.

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