Kicking Back With Jack
Organized by: Kent Huffman
Jack is a 12 year old boy currently battling Myelodysplasia/Myelodysplasic Syndrome (MDS). MDS refers to a group of disorders in which the bone marrow does not function properly and produces insufficient numbers of normal blood cells. In Jack's case, his bone marrow does not produce enough white blood cells, particularly neutrophils. Since white blood cells are the cells of the immune system that defend the body against both infectious disease and foreign materials, Jack is much more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. MDS is extremely rare in children, with less than 100 new cases diagnosed per year. Jack had his first bone marrow transplant in December of 2014 and since then, he has relapsed. He is currently preparing for his second transplant.