Terry James FIGHT FOR LIFE Fund
Organized by: Diane McKenzie
Terry is in desperate need of our help. She has been diagnosed with MDS. The myelodysplastic syndromes (also known as MDS or myelodysplasia) are hematological (i.e., blood-related) medical conditions with ineffective production (or "dysplasia") of all blood cells. Patients with MDS can develop severe anemia and require blood transfusions. In some cases, the disease worsens and the patient develops cytopenias (low blood counts) caused by progressive bone marrow failure. The myelodysplastic syndromes are all disorders of the hematopoietic stem cells in the bone marrow (only related to myeloid lineage). In MDS, hematopoiesis (i.e., blood production) is disorderly and ineffective. The number and quality of blood-forming cells decline irreversibly, further impairing blood production. Terry will be going to Johns Hopkins Hospital sometime in June for a bone marrow transplant. She will have to stay in the Hackerman House across from Hopkins for approx. 3 months following the transplant. This is considered outpatient and costs approx. 85.00 a day plus food and parking for herself, and others who come down to care for her during her stay. Caregivers are required to stay with her while she is there because she will be recovering from the treatment and not able to care for herself. Hopkins requires this, and she will not be given the transplant until all of this is in place. This is quite an unexpected expense for her and her family. She has always been one of the kindest people we know. Please try and help her out if you can. EVERY little bit helps !!! Thanks in advance!!