On May 5, 2017, Matt was diagnosed with non-Philadelphia acute b cell lymphoblastic leukemia. He first saw a doctor in mid-April when he had chest pains; the chest pains turned out to be nothing, but his blood work came back with some low values. After a handful of follow up appointments, Matt had a bone marrow biopsy on May 5th. The results of the biopsy changed his life - and the lives of his loved ones - forever. Thankfully, the type of cancer Matt has can be cured. He faces 2 years of chemotherapy and will likely undergo a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. Once he's reached 5 years of being in remission, he will be considered to be cured. We all look forward to celebrating 5 years!
In the meantime, Matt, Michelle, and the girls are facing a long, hard road of repeated hospitalizations and all the ups and downs that come when a loved one has cancer. The love and support is already pouring in, and Team Vaughn will continue to need everyone rallying behind them as they make their way to being CURED.
The easiest way to keep all of Matt's friends and family up to date on his progress is to use CaringBridge. Matt and Michelle may pop in and post once in awhile, but a close family friend will keep this page updated so you can check in on Matt whenever you'd like.
Many friends have expressed interest in donating bone marrow. While bone marrow can't be donated to Matt specifically, you can help him by joining the Be A Match registry at http://www.BeAMatch.org.
And, donate blood with the Red Cross: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood.
Matt will receive blood, stem cells, or bone marrow from kind strangers; help him by being a kind stranger to someone else.