Mile #45 in honor of Will

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His name is Will, he is 15-years-old and currently in hospice after a 14-month battle with very high risk acute myeloid leukemia. He was diagnosed 12/18/18 shortly after his 14th birthday and underwent 4 aggressive rounds of chemo (2 of which were clinical trials) and made it to and through a very risky bone marrow transplant. Shortly before the 100-day milestone of recovery, he relapsed with active disease. He chose to press pause and start his freshman year of high school - he felt very strongly he needed time to just be a "normal" teenager and with his oncologist's blessing and the help of some anti-leukemia drugs and occasional bags of blood to keep him stable, he had a few months of living life on his terms - always strong in his convictions and always guided by hope rather than fear. He started chemo again end of October with the idea of getting to a CAR T clinical trial once it started enrolling pediatric patients. Sadly, he stopped responding to chemo and we had to make the tough decision to come home and into hospice care. Will is likely in his last few days with us here on this earthly plane and a warrior to the finish - he has let us know he is not afraid, but just sorry to be leaving us so soon.

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