Over the course of several posts I want to introduce you to some of my heroes. Obviously, my Dad was my biggest hero, but there is someone who is pretty close to him on my list of heroes. His name is Doug.
In October 2007, Doug was diagnosed with CML – Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. He has two young children and a wonderful wife. I met Doug through Team in Training when he was trying to earn his Triple Crown. Team in Training has three programs the marathon, triathlon and the century ride, and when you complete all three then you receive the award of the Triple Crown. Doug was the first honored hero from our chapter to receive this award.
In November Doug found out that his medication was no longer working and that he would have to have a bone marrow transplant. In December he began to search for a bone marrow donor. This is very different than it use to be for the donors part. Now it is very much like donating blood. As a team we all decided to get tested. To be tested all you have to do is swab the inside of your cheek. This is a very easy procedure and by doing so you can save someone’s life. I encourage you to go to this website and sign up for the registry. www.bethematch.org
Doug was able to find a 9 out of a 10 match and is currently undergoing his treatment. For the transplant Doug had to go into the hospital for quite a lengthy procedure. He underwent four days of chemotherapy followed by two days of other treatments to prep for the transplant. Then the transplant was given and now he is in the waiting process. He has to remain in the hospital for 32 days after the transplant. He is currently at Day 13.
As you can imagine this is a long and painful journey. I ask that each of you pray for Doug and his family as he come through this transplant. To follow his progress you can go to his website www.dougstransplantjourney.webs.com/apps/blog/ where he is daily updating on his progress. There is also a place where you can make a donation to help his family financially.