Raise money for Douglas Curtin’s Stem Cell Transplant

Raise money for Douglas Curtin’s Stem Cell Transplant

From Courtney Russell

My family found out in February 2020 Doug’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is back. This is the second time in 5 years that we have had to battle this cancer and he will need a stem cell transplant in September to beat his cancer.

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Our journey trying to beat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 

In 2015 we found out my 33 year old husband had stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma. We decided to take part in a study that changes the chemo regimen for Hodgkins Lymphoma patients.  24 out of 25 patients using the study chemo med brutixanab had 100% cure rates but could cause severe  neuropathy. He went through a 14 cycle of infusions for 8 months. At the end of the 8 months we found out that he still had very small tumors but they weren’t cancerous. Just in case the doctors wanted to do scans every 6 months to watch these tumors. On our last appointment with his oncologist July 21st 2019 we were given the all clear and also found out the study Doug Participated in was cleared by the  participated participated FDA and was now standard of care for all Hodgkins Lymphoma patients!!!! We celebrated thinking we might have beaten his cancer and Doug’s participation in helping all Hodgkin Lymphoma patients!

 Sadly, 7 months later we found out it was back and he MUST have a stem cell transplant to and give him the best chance beat his cancer. We drive 3 hours to Strong Memorial Hospital and Wilson Cancer Center regularly for his treatments. We have to stay isolated because of Covid and can’t risk bringing it into our house. My 16 year old son and my husband do not leave, I run errands, grocery shop, and take care of everything else to limit our exposure to Covid. Any funds we receive will help with our traveling expenses, his medical care, and some of our daily/monthly expenses. We stay positive and we KNOW cancer will not beat us, WE WILL WIN

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