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Update on Alex's Fight Against Leukemia

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Monday October 18, 1999

Hi Everyone,

Tiggers Love Hugs!Most of you probably know that Alex relapsed earlier this month. We made the decision to go to Duke University in Durham North Carolina, so Alex can undergo a cord blood transplant. Alex began drug therapy (chemo & immuno-suppressant drug) last Tuesday and will undergo the transplant this Wednesday. The picture was taken last Monday after she had her broviacs placed and was admitted.

Alex is doing good so far. She finished her chemo and started getting ATG (immuno-suppressant drug) yesterday. The side effects from ATG are supposed to be pretty nasty since it's made from horse serum. If you're allergic to horses (50% are) you get high fevers, chills, nausea, etc... Alex didn't have any problems with yesterday's dose, so hopefully it won't be a problem over the next two days.

We're still looking at 40-50 days more in the hospital if things go well and then 40 days-4 months of recovery here in North Carolina. It's going to be a long hard road and right now we're just trying to keep our strength up for the weeks ahead. It's hard to think about what Alex is going to go through, so we're trying to take it day by day.

Lastly I wanted to give everyone the address of the Duke Cord Blood Bank - . There's information on cord blood donation on the site and also links to other cord blood banks. Please spread the news about cord blood donations. Without it Alex wouldn't have much chance at survival. Thanks again for all your love and support.


Todd, Andrea, & Alex Martini

P.S. Special Thanks to Jack Westermeyer for giving up his air miles so Andrea & Alex could fly 1st Class to North Carolina. And very special thanks to my buddy Brian for driving my parent's car (Thanks Mom & Dad!) down from New Jersey so we wouldn't go broke renting cars!


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