On May 28th, 2016, our son, Declan, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). In the following five months, he spent a total of 105 days in the hospital. Declan, age four, was isolated on most days to the Oncology Floor at Randall Children’s Hospital, far from his twin brother, Adrian. Declan endured seventy-nine high doses of chemotherapy, two surgeries, and five bone marrow punctures. Declan received more than forty blood product transfusions. Throughout his battle, Declan remained the dino-loving little boy that he is. Declan spent the majority of his time educating nurses and staff members alike on proper dinosaur names or wandering the hall in his dinosaur costume. Declan’s fearless character and unrelenting love of dinosaurs soon gave him the reputation and nickname “Declan the Dinosaur”.
“Declan achieved remission in September 2016 however, on February 17th, 2017 bone marrow testing revealed the re-occurrence of leukemia. Declan needs a bone marrow transplant in order to survive. Declan will continue to fun-raise and advocate as he seeks his match. Consider registering with bethematch.org and help save a life.’
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