Tristyn Tackles Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Organized by: Friends and Family
On Monday, June 23, 2014, Tristyn was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) at age 11. Three days prior, on June 20th, he had been emergency transported almost four hours away from home to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.. this was after routine bloodwork testing for mono revealed that his blood counts were very low. His hemoglobin or red blood count (HGB) was 4.4, his white blood count (WBC) was 2, and his platelets (PLT) were 8.
After arrival at CHP, Tristyn began receiving blood infusions and platelets. The family was told by doctors that he definitely has acute leukemia, but that they just wouldn't know what type until after his bone marrow biopsy results were back. The next day, June 21st, he had his biopsy, and he also received his first dose of chemotherapy at that time, which was injected into his spinal fluid.
Two days later, on June 23, he underwent surgery to place his broviac line. Later that afternoon, the family received confirmation that Tristyn has Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and that it is present in 32% of his cells.
On June 24th, Tristyn began chemotherapy. The plan at this point is that he will have chemo for 10 days, followed by approximately two additional weeks in the hospital, while they wait for his blood counts to go up. The family is hoping to be able to go home for two weeks after that, assuming his blood counts remain stable, and then they will return to the hospital to start all over again.
The family is still waiting for the karyotype results, which is Tristyn's chromosomal analysis. This will tell them whether or not he has a specific gene mutation, what his risk level is, as well as what his future treatment plan may include. They understand that a bone marrow transplant is a very real possibility, but they will cross that bridge when they get there.
So many in the community have asked how they can help Tristyn and his family. Friends and family have come together to organize this fundraiser, as a way to offset the family's medical expenses. All funds go directly to the family.
The Dennis family is completely overwhelmed by the love and support that has been shown to Tristyn and their family. In the words of Tristyn's dad.. "It will be a long road, but if you all know nothing else about me, you do know I have always taught my boys to never let up. I love my boys with all of my being and can't do this life without either one of them. We will fight and fight and then fight some more. I know we will come out of this smiling. Thanks for all the kind words, thoughts, and prayers."