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article imageStill hope: Treatment funding sought for Delta boy with leukemia

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 25, 2014 in Health
A young man in Tsawwassen near Vancouver is sick with leukemia and conventional treatment options have not helped. His family hopes to take him to Seattle for experimental treatment that has shown results but need funding to get him there.
Kyle McConkey is just 18 and, as a story in the Vancouver Province from reporter Jim Jamieson notes, his parents intend taking him to Seattle Children’s Hospital for treatment on Dec. 10. There is some hope when very recently there was almost none.
Options seemed to have run out for Kyle and the situation was very bleak a short time ago. Then the family was contacted by the mother of a young leukemia patient 18 months free of the cancer after undergoing the experimental treatment in Seattle.
It is a treatment that uses the bodies own immune system to fight the leukemia and literature on the treatment, T-cell therapy, is very encouraging.
Kyle's father, Ross, and his Mom, Joanne, are determined to get their child there. The cost? It is expensive — at least $250,000 will be needed — and it's all the more complicated because Kyle is Canadian; there is no insurance funds available to him. The family is pouring their resources into this, and others are helping.
There is a website set up to help the family and Ross McConkey said they are moved by all the support they've been getting. Jamieson's story noted that $70,000 had been raised as of Sunday. Doubtless that story got the word out to a lot of people because the number raised is now close to $170,000.
The treatment awaits Kyle, he just has to get there.
Here's an update posted on the website for Kyle, which now has $253,000 in donations, by his parents on Wednesday, Nov. 26:
"Wow ... $250,000. Everyone's support has been SO SO Amazing!! We are so humbled and thrilled!! words can't describe how appreciative we are.
"We have been reading everyone's comments and we would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for helping our son beat this terrible disease. Kyle is getting ready for his procedure and we will let you all know how it goes. Blessings to all!
Ross & Joanne :)"
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