William is 18 months old, son of Kasey Whitcomb and Pat Hoecke. He was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) on Friday, September 15th. ALL occurs when a bone marrow cell develops errors in it's DNA. Thursday September 14th William was brought to Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, Mn due to an overlarged stomach which was thought to be caused by constipation. At the hospital, x-rays were taken showing his spleen and liver were enlarged.
From there he was transported to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis via helicopter. Once there, blood was drawn and we had a sigh of relief when we were told it most likely wasn't cancer, but more tests needed to be done.
The next day (Friday) we received the bad news, it is indeed leukemia. From there more tests were done. His hemoglobin was at 3 (should be at 11). So a blood transfusion was ordered. He had two done on Friday bringing his hemoglobin up to 7. By Saturday morning it was down to 5 so another blood transfusion was done.
For the first month Willy will need to be brought to Minneapolis twice a week for chemotherapy. This will be inserted in a port that was surgically placed under the skin on the left side of his chest. This also will be used to draw blood and administer any fluids such as IVs. We are not looking forward to the next three years of treatments. Trying to balance William, work, and his three brothers (Blake, Jayden, and Jase) will be a struggle but we are staying positive and we will make it through this.