In October 2015, David was diagnosed with a bone marrow failure disorder called Myelodysplasia (aka Myelodysplastic Syndrome or MDS). It is a blood cancer in the leukemia family. Basically this means David's bone marrow is producing abnormal blood cells resulting in extreme fatigue & very low immunity. There is no cure; however, a potential solution for MDS is a stem cell transplant.
David has received chemo for the past 7 months in an effort to kill off the bad stuff. Unfortunately, the chemo didn't work as well as the doctor's had hoped. It did, however, prevent the disease from progressing thus giving us time to find a donor.
All of David's siblings were willing to donate their stem cells but David's sister, Melanie, was the only one that was a 100% match (Yea!). Her stem cells were harvested in April. David's transplant journey officially begins May 10, 2016. After 2 weeks of outpatient testing, he will be admitted to MD Anderson in Houston on May 26th to receive chemo & then the new stem cells are scheduled for June 3rd. He'll be in the hospital 4-6 weeks and then has to stay within 30 minutes of MDA for ~2 months.