Rowland Mesina

First post: Sep 11, 2018 Latest post: Jul 10, 2019

As most of you are aware, Row was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in June of 2018. Ironically this devastating news came the weekend of Father's Day. If you know Row, he is an extremely dedicated father, he is the proud dad to 4 children: Nick (17), Angie(15), Ava(13), and Brody(3). Since that time, with Tai by his side, Row has undergone intense chemotherapy treatments immediately following his diagnosis for approximately 30 days. Thankfully, Row responded well to the treatment and was able to come home for a few weeks this summer for some much needed time with his family. He then returned to Upstate in Syracuse for a planned second round of treatment. Unfortunately, during that time Row suffered a major setback which required about 10 days in intensive care and intubation while his body fought a serious infection.  This was an especially trying time for Tai and the family as they waited hour by hour for him to improve.  We're happy to report that Row made it out of the woods and is awake and regaining strength. He was recently able to return to his regular floor at the hospital and see the familiar faces of his nurses and doctors and especially his family who strengthened his will to continue his fight. 
As you can imagine this has been an extremely trying time for the family, but they all are willing to make the sacrifice to get their dad back home and healthy!! Row is fighting hard and he and the family are extremely thankful for the love and support they have been shown during this time.  

The family has been very appreciative of the many meals that have been dropped off at the house to keep them fed and let Tai have more time with the kids when she is home. 

If you would like to sign up for a meal we will share the link on this page. 

While Row was in ICU last week, it became clear that a CaringBridge page would definitely be helpful to keep friends and family up to date on Row's progress. Most importantly, we want to get the word out about the next vital step for Row to reach a full recovery. In the coming weeks the search for a stem cell donor who is a match for Row will be underway.  If you or anyone you know, age 18-44 would be interested in registering to be a potential donor match we would appreciate you sharing the information far and wide!! 

Check out the attachment and share share share!!  Thank you to everyone that has helped this family and continues to offer support and prayers, it lifts them up and keeps them strong. (

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