Gabriel's Cancer Fund
Organized by: Darrel Edmonds
Gabriel Edmonds was born on October 11, 2011. He was diagnosed with Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia** (ALL) almost exactly two year ago when he was only six months old. Ever since, he has been fighting this cancer and has gone through several very long chemo cycles. The first 4 cycles (Induction, Intensification, Re-Induction and Consolidation) included very intensive treatments in hospital where he stayed the entire time, except for a few rare home visits. Amazingly, after the first cycle he reached remission. On October 2nd, 2012, he was discharged home to continue treatments mostly as an outpatient.
99 days before the end of his treatment, he went for his scheduled clinic appointment and just before they were sent home they got the horrifying news that the doctors' had found 9 leukemia cells in the spinal fluid. A relapse :( The lousy news was the prognosis. He is now officially "hi-risk". The prognosis for survival is hovering around 10-20%. Not great. But not hopeless!
Since the relapse, Gabriel has been in the hospital 24/7, requiring chemo treatment after chemo treatment, all building to a bone marrow transplant planned for mid-may, where Gabriel's brother Jonah is going to be Gabriel's donor.
An Inspiring Family
Gabriel's family is remarkable. His parents, Christopher and Nicole, are truly inspirational and have maintained the most amazing attitude throughout this ordeal! For the past 90 days, they have split their time between the hospital and home - if Christopher is at the hospital, Nicole is at home or vice versa - where Gabriel's brother Jonah and sister Libby remain and cheer for their brother. During the first 20 months of Gabriel's fight, Christopher was able to continue working while Nicole managed treatments and tended to the other kids.