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9/29/2017 Latest post:
Our son, Jack Edward Brillantine, was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) on 9/12/2017. He had just turned 11 in June, completed his third season of Aim High Flag Football and had made the SYA Travel Basketball Team for the Summer league. Vacations and visits with family would bring him great joy but he was feeling lethargic and run down. He stopped going to the pool, the courts, and really had no energy. We thought this drop in his stamina was merely growing pains. The start of 6th Grade at Union Mill Elementary in August brought Jack much happiness. He was placed in Mr. Brickwedde’s homeroom class, had been elected SCA co-Secretary, and was about to start his first rotation of work on the UMTV News. An ER visit on 9/9/2017 for arm pain lead Jack to be admitted to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology unit at INOVA Fairfax-Children’s Hospital for 11 days. After blood draws, platelet and red blood cell transfusions and a bone marrow biopsy, Dr. Jennifer Dean diagnosed Jack with Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. A lumbar puncture and chemotherapy treatments began that same day. Jack has an enormously positive outlook on his future and continues to see himself playing in the NBA or NFL one day. For now, he would like only to be back at school and the courts/fields with his friends. The Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets are Jack’s favorite topics of conversation, not this leukemia detour in his fantastic life. Thank you for stopping by and checking on Jack, Martin & Jen Brillantine