Kyle Yamagata Kyle’s MDS Journey

First post: Jul 11, 2022 Latest post: Nov 18, 2023
Update as of October 3, 2023


We've had to reopen our GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-kyle-on-his-mds-journey?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet) due to so many financial hits, one after another. 
Donations will go towards out-of-pocket expenses and any shortfalls due to uncovered medical costs for Kyle's cancer.
 
We welcome your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes if you cannot donate monetarily. Kyle has Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a cancer of the blood. Kyle was diagnosed through testing to donate bone marrow to his older brother Korey. Unfortunately, it is hereditary as his father died from MDS/Leukemia at age 57, and Korey, his brother, had a bone marrow transplant at age 55 in 2016 to cure MDS. Now, Kyle, at age 60, had a bone marrow transplant due to MDS on September 3, 2022. While the bone marrow transplant was successful, Kyle is now in critical condition in the ICU at Stanford Cancer Hospital. His gallbladder needs to be removed due to infection and inflammation; his liver is inflamed, likely for unknown reasons; his lungs are inflamed and bleeding due to unknown causes; and his kidneys are not filtering his blood efficiently, so he is on 24/7 dialysis.


Original Kyle's Story post-June 26, 2022
As many of you know, Kyle has Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a blood cancer. What you may not know is how his diagnosis came about. Kyle was diagnosed through testing to donate bone marrow to his older brother Korey for a bone marrow transplant due to MDS. First, Kyle was thrilled to discover that he was a perfect match. Then, he was devastated to find out he could not donate his bone marrow to his brother due to abnormalities in his blood. Having a perfect match with a sibling donating their bone marrow has MDS's highest survival and cure rate. And finally, with extensive testing of Kyle's blood, he was officially diagnosed with MDS in early 2014.

This disease appears to be hereditary as his father passed away from MDS/Leukemia at age 57, and Korey, his brother, had a bone marrow transplant at age 55 in 2016 to cure MDS. Now, Kyle, at age 59, needs a bone marrow transplant due to MDS. 

Kyle's potential bone marrow donor is only a partial match, which may cause difficulties in the success of the transplant. Kyle is being treated at Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto and is in great hands. He has a long road to recovery, but his outlook and spirits are good.

Please keep Kyle in your thoughts and prayers as he goes on this journey.

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