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Ken’s Story

Welcome to Ken's CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Ken's progress. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.



On October 18th, 2010, Ken was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  It was a complete surprise!  Ken immediately began aggressive chemotherapy.  Ken wasn't able to leave Marquette General Hospital for almost a month.

On October 31st, Ken and Kathie's daughter, Krissy, and her husband, Chris, gave birth to their first child, Cody.  He was such a blessing during an otherwise difficult time. 

In late November, Ken and Kathie travelled down to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, to seek more specialized treatment.  Ken was going to need a bone marrow transplant.  Ken's only sibling, Howard, very willingly volunteered to be tested for a match.  Unfortunately, he wasn't.  The doctors started searching the national donor database.

While waiting for a match, Ken underwent more chemotherapy and numerous blood transfusions while staying at home in Marquette, MI.

On January 14th, 2011, Ken and Kathie received the great news -- they found a match!  Ken and Kathie were told that they needed to be in Rochester, MN, by February 1st.  They are preparing for an estimated three month stay.