By creator to www.simivalleyacorn.com
A 5-year-old Simi Valley boy wants a lifesaving reward this vacation season.
In July, Ayden Denne was informed that he might resume a traditional life after present process three years of intense remedy for leukemia.
His dad and mom enrolled him in kindergarten at Phoenix Ranch Faculty, the place he thrived. He additionally began jujitsu coaching at Gracie Barra martial arts academy.
However in November, the boy’s dad and mom discovered that Ayden’s leukemia had returned and he would want to endure radiation therapies, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
Based on his mother, Iliana Lozano, Ayden has a “tremendous uncommon type of leukemia” referred to as Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic lymphoma, or Ph+ ALL.
Docs initially thought that they had 4 months to seek out Ayden a blood or bone marrow donor however now say that one have to be recognized by the tip of December.
Ayden, an solely little one, wants a transplant as a way to dwell.
As a result of his dad and mom are solely a 50% match, the medical doctors wish to discover somebody that could be a nearer match.
“Please assist me save my son’s life,” Lozano stated Monday.
An intense group effort, spanning Simi Valley and Moorpark, is underway to find a donor.
“Testing is extremely straightforward” stated Evelyn Garfield, who’s spearheading the search. “It’s a easy cheek swab that takes lower than 15 minutes.”
Volunteers from the Moorpark School Nursing Program, Simi Valley Adventist Well being and several other native companies and non secular organizations are stepping as much as assist coordinate and workers testing areas.
“ We now have lower than one month to discover a suitable donor. We have to get as many individuals examined as attainable” Garfield stated.
Garfield, co-owner of the Junkyard Cafe, is acquainted with donor searches. She led a profitable effort to discover a residing kidney donor for her husband, Tony Falato.
She stated that is her third marketing campaign to save lots of somebody’s life through donation. She hosted a testing website for Ayden at her restaurant Sunday and is working to safe extra native testing websites.
“Day by day, I rely down. Each single minute is vital,” she stated.
Discovering a match for Ayden could also be troublesome because of his blended ancestry (Latino, English/Northwestern Europe and Indigenous Americas). Nonetheless, anybody who’s in typically good well being and between 18 to 40 years outdated is strongly inspired to use.
Lozano stated that, most definitely, a suitable donor can be requested to donate blood via a course of referred to as peripheral blood stem cell donation. This can be a nonsurgical outpatient process that harvests particular blood-forming stem cells from the donor’s blood.
Nonetheless, in some circumstances, sufferers want precise bone marrow for a profitable transplant. This may require a surgical process.
Ayden has the identical sort of most cancers as Grace Bumstead, who’s featured within the Santa Susana Discipline Lab documentary “Within the Darkish of the Valley.” (See Web page 1 for full story on the documentary.)
Potential donors can test in the event that they’re a match for Ayden by going to one of many testing websites listed at proper.
Or go to my.BeTheMatch.org/matchforayden to register and have a equipment mailed. Accomplished take a look at kits could also be returned to a testing website for quicker processing.
Within the meantime, Ayden is at Youngsters’s Hospital Los Angeles, present process therapies that rob him of his urge for food and traditional bubbly vitality.
His mom stated that whereas he understands he’s sick, Ayden isn’t conscious of how troublesome his journey could also be.
“Once I heard of Ayden’s scenario, I had to assist” Garfield stated. “We’ve identified Iliana for years, and my grandson takes jujitsu with Ayden. He’s such a terrific child.”
Abele is a kidney transplant recipient. Garfield additionally helped her to discover a match.