Mile #45 in honor of Will

Total: $22

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Story

Will was diagnosed with very high risk acute myeloid leukemia in December of 2018, shortly after his 14th birthday.  He 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, Will relapsed with active disease.  Will 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-leukemic 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 for relapses AML 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 laid down his sword on February 18th, 2020....a warrior to the end, unafraid and at peace knowing he had fought the good fight and it was time to rest.

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