The next stage of Dean’s cancer treatment consists of an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant in order to lengthen his current remission. The complete process contains two separate procedures. Autologous means that the doctors will collect and use Dean’s stem cells, not a donor’s stem cells.
During the first procedure (approximately 5 days), the doctors will collect stem cells from Dean’s blood stream (Apheresis) and store them. The second procedure, the transplant, is reinfusion of those collected stem cells and lasts 14 days. During recovery, Dean will be completely home bound because he will have NO immune system. Dean will receive all of his childhood vaccinations again approximately six months after the transplant is complete.
During each procedure and recovery, Dean will not be able to work and will have very little energy. My income will not be able to cover all of our current living expenses PLUS the many expenses incidental to this stem cell transplant. Here are just a few of those additional incidental expenses:
For instance, Dean needs a significant amount of dental work completed prior to the transplant. Our dental insurance does not cover much of those costs.
Also, the hospital is nearly 60 miles from our home. During the transplant, I may need to stay in a hotel near the hospital for those 14 days.
During recovery, Dean will be on a strict low microbial diet. Thus, the grocery bill will be higher during those 6+ months of Dean being home bound.
As Dean’s primary caregiver, I drive us to every place that we travel.
WE NEED YOUR HELP.
- Pray for Dean and me during and after this stage of his cancer treatment
- Donate to Dean Weldon Cochren’s Stem Cell Transplant Fundraiser on GiveForward.com
- If you prefer to use PayPal, you may use the “Friends or Family” option and send gifts to us. Please use the form on the Contact page to ask for my PayPal email address.
- If you prefer to use snail mail, you may send gifts to Crystal L. Cochren, P.O. Box 32058, Midtown Station, Newark, New Jersey 07102
- If you are unable to donate monetary gifts, donations of time are very much appreciated as well. At this point, I am not sure of the availability or frequency of a home health aide during Dean’s recovery process. As Dean’s primary caregiver, I would appreciate healthy folks (with no cold and/or flu symptoms) to stay with him while I run errands. For instance, I do grocery shopping at Walmart and the one near me is open 24 hours a day. If you’re only available in the evenings to stay with Dean, I could do grocery shopping. There’s a lot to do. That’s just one example.
Please share information about our stem cell transplant fundraiser with your family, friends and colleagues. Gifts of any size and type are welcomed and greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading. God bless you.