Diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia just one month after his youngest son was born last fall, Guillermo Galván, a designer on Lextech's Marketing team, now needs financial support and a bone marrow transplant.
Today's the first day of September, and Guillermo's giving up his cane today--one of his personal goals! Congrats, G! #HopeforG
Guillermo is a young husband and father to two adorable boys, Oscar (almost 3 years), and Henry (8 months). Originally from Michigan, Guillermo grew up wanting to be an Illustrator. He went to school at Indiana Wesleyan, where he studied Graphic Art & Illustration. He met his wife, a fellow art student who was pursuing a business degree. They married after college and moved to Chicago. Guillermo has done graphic design and art direction for many years, and last year joined Lextech's Marketing team.
His Diagnosis - Severe Aplastic Anemia
Diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia, a rare but very serious form of anemia, just one month after his youngest son was born last fall, Guillermo Galván now needs a critical bone marrow transplant. There is no match within his own family. Finding a match outside his family has also proven difficult due to his Latino heritage and the lack of diversity on the bone marrow registry. Up to 40% of Latinos do not find a bone marrow match.
What Life Is Like Now
Until Guillermo finds a match, Guillermo is on a difficult medical protocol. After four rounds of chemo, he is currently recovering from a grueling regimen of medications, blood transfusions, and frequent tests. Other than clinic trips, he was not allowed to have any contact with the public, and visits from non-family members were strictly limited. Recently he's shown signs of great improvement on a new drug, and will soon be able to return to work and public life. Although his health has improved from a dire state, he's still in need of a bone marrow transplant and needs close medical monitoring. Guillermo looks forward to going back to work full time and is optimistic about his long term prognosis.
The Hardest Part
Going from a perfectly heathy young man to being hospitalized in the ICU with weakened immune state was painful and difficult. Chemo and constant blood transfusions has been exhausting and trying. But Guillermo has said the hardest part is having to struggle emotionally and spiritually with his illness while his wife went back to work soon after having Henry to support the family amidst all of the doctor's visits and intensive home care.
How You Can Help
We're sure you can imagine the financial burden this frequency of medical care would put on a family, especially one with such young children. Lextech would like to join his circle of support and asks for you to help as well. Lextech will match funds raised up to $5,000.
Register to Become a Donor
If you want to do more than give to the matching fund, you can also contact Delete Blood Cancer (deletebloodcancer.org) to register to become a bone marrow donor to increase the chances that Guillermo finds a match and gets his life-saving transplant.
Little update: Guillermo said he took the trash out this week unassisted. #LittleVictories
Big update: Guillermo is coming into the office this week for a few hours on Friday for a first go at working very part time on site. Congrats, Guillermo! We're looking forward to showing you around our new HQ and getting you set up at your desk.
We hit 100% of our original matching gift goal for our coworker Guillermol, & now we've hit 61% of our new goal - $10,000! We still have 22 days left in his campaign. Thank you for your support, and please continue to spread the word! #HopeForG
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