Joey is a 19 year old, recent high school graduate from Plantation, Florida. He was on a road to his future when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage 4 T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma on Friday, September 18, 2015. Like most teenagers, Joey was thinking of future jobs, education, and what the next step in life would be. The cancer has already reached his brain and spinal fluids causing a condition called Belspalsey causing loss of some facial control and double vision, his thymus gland, and his lymph nodes.
While in high school, Joey helped younger children with and without disabilities. He was the friend they needed during their years end field trip to Disney World, Joey stayed beside them when they were unable to go on rides forgoing them himself, and helped them to overcome everyday needs. He was awarded The Knight in Shining Armor Award by his school. The Knight in Shining Armor Award is given each year, to the one student most helpful to others.
Aside from a sense of pride, it made Joey happy, and helping others gave Joey options for his future career paths. However, with his recent diagnosis, Joey now knows, he is the one that needs help. Surgery and treatments add up quickly and Joey is just starting out in life. He has a long battle ahead, but with God on his side, and family and friends supporting him, Joey has the fire in him to wake up and fight one day at a time. It will be tough and he has already felt what cancer and a very strong regiment of chemotherapy can do to his young body. Hopefulness guides him and his family each day.
T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma is a relatively rare Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma that accounts for less than 2% of reported cases of Lymphomas. The severity of this diagnosis means that it has entered his brain, spinal fluid, lymph nodes, and other vital organs. With the very rapid spread of this aggressive disease, Joey will require the following: Brain surgery for an implantation of an Ommaya Resevoir, and Chemotherapy delivered three different ways over the course of a minimum of 10 weeks while in the hospital. After being sent home he will be put on a maintenance regiment for however long it takes to put him in remission, this will likely be at least a year. Steroids, blood transfusions, platelet transfusions, and bone marrow transplants are all also part of the treatment.
Joey is one special kid, despite it all, Joey still has a great outlook and his doctors have given him a very positive prognosis if he follows their plan. Please help. We appreciate your prayers, love and support given in his time of need.
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