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John was diagnosed on April 5 with Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia (AML-M4). John is at Presbyterian/St. Luke's hospital in Denver. He was transferred from Durango to PSL on May 15.

We are trying to stop his body from producing leukemia cells (a temporary remission) for enough time so that John is able to have a bone marrow transplant. He has had 4 chemo treatments so far. (Join the bone marrow registry at

John is currently in the ICU and on a ventilator due to severe pneumonia and other infections.

Each of your thoughts, prayers and messages mean the world to us: thank you.

While at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, John received 2 rounds of chemo (12 days total) in a period of 28 days. After 28 days at the hospital, he was able to go home to Silverton for about 10 days.

Essentially the goal of the chemo treatments is to wipe out his bone marrow, which destroys his red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

So for a time after each chemo treatment he lives with almost no immune system at all (yes, boy in the bubble type stuff) as well as very, very low red blood cells and platelet counts. He receives transfusions and platelets on a regular basis during that time.

When he went home to Silverton for that short time, his counts were just starting to recover and we were hoping that his cells would grow back healthy.

Unfortunately, his body began to make more leukemia cells and he was rehospitalized on May 14, then transferred to Denver the next day. 

When he got to Denver, he had a 3rd round of chemo. This also did not put him into remission.

This is one of the factors of the Monosomy 7 genetic alteration that is occurring for John. It is a more "stubborn" type of leukemia to treat and doesn't respond well to chemo. This is, of course, a significant problem because that is the way you treat leukemia. This is also why doctors know that they want to move him as quickly as possible to a bone marrow transplant.

However, you have to have the leukemia in temporary remission in order to move into the bone marrow transplant, so we are really hoping (wow, that's an understatement) that this 4th round of chemo - different set of drugs that he hasn't seen before - will do the trick.

Please read my journal updates for more current info.


Bob Stedman signed John's Guestbook.

Thinking of John this evening and all that have supported him and his posse. RLS Read more

Andrea Reller signed John's Guestbook.

John, Deanna, and Kai,Think of you all daily.  Loved the photo of Kai after getting his cast on. What a handsome young man you have there.  We are hoping there is good ... Read more

Morgan Nichols signed John's Guestbook.

Hi John It's Morgan Nichols, I just thought of you this weekend when I pulled out an old photo album and there were some freshman year North Park photos.  I only just ... Read more

Jim Graeber signed John's Guestbook.

Thinking about you and your family every day.  We are sending positive thoughts your way. Read more

Susan Moore signed John's Guestbook.

Thinking of you and sending more positive  thoughts of how brave you all are...  we are with you and hope all  becomes clear ... stay strong and  know that we love you ... Read more

Steve Fadel signed John's Guestbook.

Hi John,I'm related to Erika and have been supporting  Nils and Erika as they serve in Mexico. Today I received an email regarding your illness and you are and will be in ... Read more

Aimee Hamilton signed John's Guestbook.

Dear John and family, We are praying that you will keep regaining your health and strength. You are in our thoughts every day. Aimee Hamilton and Doug Coatsworth Dear ... Read more

Charlene (Smith) Bernier signed John's Guestbook.

Sooo wonderful to hear the good news about the blast count going down and a reason for the fevers!!  I've been praying nonstop and will continue to. Love and prayers, Read more

Janet Brandt signed John's Guestbook.

Keith and I are sending positive thoughts and energy and prayers your way.  We are glad to hear of the positive news and appreciate the updates.  We know you are ... Read more

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