Chuck’s Story

Site created on August 24, 2018

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep our family and friends updated with one form of communication. We appreciate your support, prayers, and encouragement.

Chuck was diagnosed with myeloid dysplastic syndrome (MDS) in the summer of 2017. He had gone for a routine checkup when his physician noticed that his white blood cell count was low. After numerous tests it was confirmed that he had MDS. The following year we watched his counts very closely which included numerous bone marrow biopsies. These determined the correct timing for the bone marrow transplant. A bone marrow transplant is the only cure for MDS. 

On September 7th, Chuck will be admitted to the University of Wisconsin Hospital. He will have five days of intensive chemotherapy. Once this has happened his bone marrow transplant will take place. We are very thankful for our unrelated donor for giving us this gift. To learn more about the transplant process please visit

We are going into this with a positive attitude and are hopeful that he will be back to enjoying time with his grandchildren, children, traveling with Karen, trips to the cabin, etc. We truly believe we will see God’s healing hand in his recovery!

Please join us in praying for a successful transplant, an uneventful hospital stay ( around six weeks), and minimal side effects. Thank you for all of the encouragement, prayers, and support we have already received. 

Newest Update

Journal entry by kristin johnson

Thank you all so much for your texts, phone calls, messages, meals and sweet words about how much Dad meant to you. We knew he meant alot to so many people but hearing all the stories has been so touching to us in this time of sorrow. Here are the details for his celebration of life. 

Visitation will be on June 6th from 4-7pm at First Evangelical Covenant Church in Rockford, IL.

Memorial service will be on June 7th at 11am at First Evangelical Covenant Church in Rockford, IL.

As he said in his final days, " I'll be in a better place than all of you."

The Blomgrens
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