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Tristyn Tackles Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Organized by: Friends and Family

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THE STORY:

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." 

$5,025

 

34% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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  • Susie&Jared; Zimbardi

    $100

  • Mason, Payton, Addison, Camden & Weston

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Nanci

    $100

  • Daniel & MaryRuth

     

  • Greg & Lori Rounsville

    $100

  • Gia Hubbell

     

  • Cassidy Family

     

  • Nigel and Brandi

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Knapp family

    $100

  • Denny & Barb Maynard

    $25

  • Tammy and Chuck

    $200

  • Kelli Swanson and Steven Valenti

    $50

  • Amy & Tommy Gwinner

    $50

  • Jennifer and Christopher Mullane

     

  • Cal & Cheryl O'Rourke

    $100

  • Rick Reagan

    $500

  • Kristin

     

  • DEB AND BOB MILLER

    $20

  • Judy & Terry Mark

    $25

  • Aaron & Bethany Frame and Family

    $150

  • Holly Vaughn

     

  • Brad & Karen Mack

    $50

  • Kathy Schwab

    $50

  • Bean Family

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Bob and Carolyn Lewis

    $100

  • Jason Sweeney

    $25

  • Bob and Jeri Bosman

    $50

  • Brian and Julie Myers

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Donna and Mark Farrell

    $250

  • Ann Rakocy

    $50

  • Steve and Maria Lyras & family

     

  • Jeremy & Amy Prince

    $25

  • Laura Yoder Witt

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Kyle and Kristina North

    $100

  • Melanie & Jack Maillis

     

  • Dan, Kelly, Aaron and Ryan Davis

    $50

  • Jeff Trulick & Family

    $50

  • Sal, Terra, Brad, and Alex

    $100

  • Shay and Jeremy Karls

     

  • A friend of Lindsay Ewing

     

  • Friend of Lindsay Ewing :)

    $40

  • Friend of Lindsay

    $75

  • Jake and Lexi Adams

    $20

  • Nathan & Lindsay

    $100

  • Amy Beaston

    $300

  • John, Laurie, Brittany & Alex Lunn

    $100

  • Delores Gerner

    $100

  • Dan, Hilary, and Ava Buchholz

    $100

  • Kristy Kolivoski

    $100

  • Brian, Heather, Madison, and Mason Swanson

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Cindy and Reid Matteson

    $75

  • Marty and Leigh Card

    $100

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Donor Comments

Marty and Leigh Card

Marty and Leigh Card

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Cindy and Reid Matteson

Cindy and Reid Matteson

DONATION: $75

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

Brian, Heather, Madison, and Mason Swanson

Brian, Heather, Madison, and Mason Swanson

DONATION: $100

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! 4 years ago

Kristy Kolivoski

Kristy Kolivoski

DONATION: $100

You are in our prayers! 4 years ago

Dan, Hilary, and Ava Buchholz

Dan, Hilary, and Ava Buchholz

DONATION: $100

You are in our thoughts - you'll beat this, one day at a time! 4 years ago

Delores Gerner

Delores Gerner

DONATION: $100

My heart goes out to the family right now. You are all in my prayers!! 4 years ago

John, Laurie, Brittany & Alex Lunn

John, Laurie, Brittany & Alex Lunn

DONATION: $100

Our thoughts and prayers are with you! 4 years ago

Amy Beaston

Amy Beaston

DONATION: $300

4 years ago

Nathan & Lindsay

Nathan & Lindsay

DONATION: $100

We love you, T... So, so much! More than words can say! xoxo 4 years ago

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