Hands Of Abraham: Raising Funds for Joel
Team Member: Merrily Aljets
“Hands of Abraham” is a movement of love through action to fight with Joel Abraham Assid, through a rare bone marrow disease called Myelofibrosis.
Joel is named in honor of his father, Abraham Zine Assid, and has chosen to follow in his father’s footsteps being big hearted, kind, loving and generous. Joel’s life is a legacy to his late father’s life. Joel’s hands even resemble his dad’s hands that hugged, gave and loved so many people.
Joel is a humble, hard-working & devoted son, husband, dad, grandfather, brother, friend, business-owner, sportsman, athlete & much more to those who know him.
He was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis in 2012 and put on a medication that suppressed his symptoms.
The medication stopped working in 2014.
“Most of my friends and family did not know I have had a cancerous bone marrow disease (except my immediate family). I have been a fairly private person most of my adult life, not wanting to burden others with my problems and challenges. Outwardly to most people I have appeared in very good condition, as I trained and qualified for the Senior Olympics five years ago in the short sprints. My typical week the last 10 years consisted of working out 6-7 days per week, and doing many outside projects at my acreage. Inwardly however, especially this last year, my disease has progressed significantly. Last year I also had two major surgeries (unrelated to my disease), which didn't help my health. I have a fever in my body that will push 105º every day if I don't keep ahead of it. My medications quit working and since my blood counts have been so low, the doctors can't give me much to help. Some days are very good except for exhaustion, other days, when it gets bad, I can't walk and sometimes talk. I get the fever EVERY day, so it has worn me down, leaving me 25lbs down from what I weighed last year. I am however so blessed to be able to work out again with the help of nutritionists and others. I know God has prepared me mentally and physically over the years to be ready for this challenge, and if it be his will, to totally heal me from this disease. I am so thankful on a daily basis for the love and prayers that have poured out to me from family, friends, customer friends and people I have never met. The encouragement leaves me very emotional, grateful and in awe of how God’s words are being sent through others right to my heart and soul.”
Joel will receive a bone marrow transplant on Christmas Eve - the gift of (more) Life.
Obviously a bone marrow transplant costs thousands of dollars, including many non-medical expenses not covered by insurance. Some costs are airfare & other travel, rent for an isolation apartment on the surgical campus from Dec. 1, 2015 - April 2016, loss of income, meals, child & home care, and other costs not yet known.
This stressful, financial burden is where Hands of Abraham comes into action.
Please consider helping to lessen the stress on Joel & his family. Join hands with us, so that Joel can heal. Can live.