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Nov 19, 2019
In May 2015, Kevin was diagnosed with Primary Myelofibrosis, a very rare form of blood cancer. While Kevin has received the highest quality of care at the University of Vermont Medical Center, he has now exhausted his treatment options here in Burlington. He has decided to seek a bone marrow transplant, otherwise known as stem cell infusion, at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Stem cell infusions have shown to have good outcomes for Primary Myelofibrosis patients, although this form of treatment comes with significant potential complications and challenges.
Kevin will be admitted to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston on October 2 to begin intensive chemotherapy and radiation. On October 9, he will receive stem cells donated by his son Michael. We anticipate that Kevin will be in the hospital for up to a month as the new stem cells help to create a brand new immune system. After this period, Kevin and his wife Arlene will stay in the Hope Lodge in Boston for up to two months as Kevin recovers.
We have created this page to help keep all of Kevin's friends and loved ones informed as we begin this journey. The Healys will travel to Boston on October 1, and this page will be updated with Kevin's progress. Please check back for updates, including when visitors are welcome! Additionally, we will be posting ways for friends and family to help during this period. Please see the "Ways to Help" link at the top of this page.
We appreciate everyone's love and support during this time. For additional questions, concerns, or updates in between postings, please reach out to Kaitlin Healy directly: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 802-825-4468.
Please note that any money donated on this site goes to Caring Bridge and does not go to the Healy family.