Eva, Austin’s mother, realizes that there were signs that something might not be right. But, at the time, Austin’s early symptoms – muscle aches or occasional stomachaches and headaches – seemed inconsequential. It wasn’t until they were returning from a family vacation that his symptoms seemed severe enough to warrant an emergency trip to Rady Children’s. After blood tests and a bone marrow aspiration, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Five more days are left for you to help Austin reach his goal of raising $2,500, every dollar counts, please donate whatever you can, $5, $10, $50. Take a moment to watch their video and help them make a difference in other families lives. Click on the link below to help Austin reach his goal.
Austin had a severe allergic reaction to the drugs, leading to pancreatitis (an inflammatory condition that occurs when pancreatic digestive enzymes attack the pancreas itself). Only 0.5 percent of children on chemotherapy get pancreatitis, but Austin was one of the unlucky few. He spent 45 days in the Ernest Hahn Critical Care Unit at Rady Children’s, with a collapsed lung and other complications. Four more days are left for you to help Austin reach his goal of raising $2,500, click on the link below to help Austin reach his goal.
For six weeks, Austin wasn’t allowed to eat or drink. His fluids were measured out in small medicine cups, which Austin hoarded so he could quench his almost unbearable thirst. Because of the severe pancreatitis, Austin had surgeries to remove his spleen and part of his pancreas, leaving him with a half-moon scar on his abdomen. Miraculously, he recovered – thanks to the wonderful care he received at Rady Children’s Hospital. Please help Austin reach his fundraising goal by clicking on the link below.
Austin still has a long road ahead of him, including a lifetime of antibiotics to compensate for his missing spleen and smaller pancreas. He will always need to watch his diet and have regular check-ups. Two more days for you to help Austin meet his fundraising goal and help other kids just like him.
Today, Austin’s cancer is in remission and he gives back to other kids with cancer. He often speaks or plays his saxophone at fundraisers to benefit Rady Children’s Cancer Care Center. Consider helping Austin give back to Rady Children’s Hospital, every dollar counts! Today is the last day to make a donation, please click on the link below.
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