Beating Myeloma with inspiring, creative, & positive action!

For: Glyn Morgan
Organizer: Timothy Ashton & Edward Brady
Beating Myeloma with inspiring, creative, & positive action! (Glyn Morgan)
$1,712
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 23 donors
17% Complete
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The Story

In November 2013, Glyn was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma - a blood related cancer that starts in the Bone marrow. This came a quite a shock since Glyn had always lived a healthy and active lifestyle - from playing soccer in high school to hockey in his 20s - to mountain biking and road cycling in later years.

At diagnosis, more than 70% of Glyn's bone marrow was compromised with Myeloma cells resulting in significantly reduced red and white blood cell count. Glyn began an intense schedule of chemotherapy at the Dana Farber cancer institute in Boston in December 2013; then in March 2014, underwent a stem cell transplant at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.The transplant was followed by a three month recovery period and two further cycles of chemotherapy.

Glyn has responded extremely well to the treatment protocol; recent blood labs showed a zero M-spike - which is measure of the undesired proteins that the Myeloma cells create. Myeloma is still considered an incurable cancer, so even though the response to treatment has been great, it's necessary for Glyn to take daily maintenance medication - a mild form of chemo - to prevent the progression of the disease.

There;s no doubt that the treatment Glyn has received, together with his positive attitude have been key in his fight against Multiple Myeloma. Unfortunately, the medical expense for the treatment were considerable - the medical bill for transplant alone exceeded $200,000! While healthcare covers the majority of the cost - there are many components of the treatment that carry a hefty co-insurance. Long story short, Glyn now faces thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses. As Glyn moves forward, his focus is not only to keep beating Myeloma, but to beat the mountain of debt too.

During the next few months, Glyn is planning more fund raising events and looks forward to sharing the success of his treatment as well receiving your support! 

Thank you for the gift of your time to read this story, and for any donation that you are able to make.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 10, 2014

Posted on August 10, 2014

Wow, I can't believe it's August already. It's been a crazy busy year - especially with the additional layer of cancer treatment. The good news is that I'm all done with chemotherapy treatment and began maintenance treatment on July 30th. While there have been great strides made in the treatment of Multiple Myeloma, it is still considered incurable. Myeloma cells become sequestered in the body - even after having stem cell or bone marrow transplant. The maintenance treatment is designed to prevent the progression of the sequestered cells and basically consists of taking a daily pill which is actually one of the chemo agents that is used to treat the disease, but it's not considered chemotherapy because of the lower dosage. My red and white blood counts continue to increase following the stem cell transplant and I'm feeling great! What is particularly exciting is that the Physician Assistant at Dana Farber called me on Friday to let me know that the blood lab work shows I have zero "M-spike" which means that I currently have a very small amount of Myeloma cells present! I am waiting for the Biopsy result to give a precise measure, but in any case, this is fabulous news! While the health side of things is great, the medical expense side of the equation isn't looking so good. In january Blue Cross Blue Shield made changes to my healthcare benefits plan which resulted in a 20% co0insurance for me to continue to receive treatment at Dana Farber - I know, how ridiculous right? Anyway, the result is that my medical bills amount to many thousands of dollars and to help bridge this, I plan to reinvigorate fund raising through this fundraiser page.

Posted on March 19, 2014

Posted on March 19, 2014

Sorry there's been a bit of a radio black-out - but quite a bit to update you all on today:

On February 24th, Glyn went through a series of screenings in readiness to begin the transplant process. Best news was that the Myeloma concentration had dropped from 70% at diagnosis in November 2013 to less than 10% which represents a fantastic response to the chemotherapy.

On March 6th, the mobilization for transplant began starting with a high dose chemotherapy followed by ten days of stem cell generation medication. Glyn tolerated the high dose chemo very well - as with the prior chemotherapy cycles.

March 17th, Glyn was at the Kraft Family Blood Center at Dana-Farber for stem cell harvesting. The results of the mobilization the previous week was simply amazing. The Center looks for a stem cell to peripheral blood ratio of 50:10,000 for a successful harvest. Glyn's count was a staggering 662:10,000 - the third highest on record at the center! This enabled the center to harvest more than 20 million stem cells in just four hours - five times the amount needed for a transplant.

Glyn will be admitted to Brigham and Women's hospital on Sunday March 23rd. on Monday and Tuesday, he will receive high dose chemotherapy that will essentially destroy all of his bone marrow. On Wednesday, 10 million of the harvested stem cells will be re-infused which in turn will develop into new, healthy bone marrow.

The transplant team expects Glyn to make sufficient recovery to be released from hospital on April 9th to continue a 6-8 week recovery at home.

Your generous support has been fundamental to keeping the treatment program at the planned pace - the results speak for themselves!

Please keep spreading the word, we need to keep funds coming in to assist during the recovery period as medical and convalescing expenses will still need to be met.

Thank you all again for your support!!


Posted on March 19, 2014

Posted on March 19, 2014

Sorry there's been a bit of a radio black-out - but quite a bit to update you all on today:

On February 24th, Glyn went through a series of screenings in readiness to begin the transplant process. Best news was that the Myeloma concentration had dropped from 70% at diagnosis in November 2013 to less than 10% which represents a fantastic response to the chemotherapy.

On March 6th, the mobilization for transplant began starting with a high dose chemotherapy followed by ten days of stem cell generation medication. Glyn tolerated the high dose chemo very well - as with the prior chemotherapy cycles.

March 17th, Glyn was at the Kraft Family Blood Center at Dana-Farber for stem cell harvesting. The results of the mobilization the previous week was simply amazing. The Center looks for a stem cell to peripheral blood ratio of 50:10,000 for a successful harvest. Glyn's count was a staggering 662:10,000 - the third highest on record at the center! This enabled the center to harvest more than 20 million stem cells in just four hours - five times the amount needed for a transplant.

Glyn will be admitted to Brigham and Women's hospital on Sunday March 23rd. on Monday and Tuesday, he will receive high dose chemotherapy that will essentially destroy all of his bone marrow. On Wednesday, 10 million of the harvested stem cells will be re-infused which in turn will develop into new, healthy bone marrow.

The transplant team expects Glyn to make sufficient recovery to be released from hospital on April 9th to continue a 6-8 week recovery at home.

Your generous support has been fundamental to keeping the treatment program at the planned pace - the results speak for themselves!

Please keep spreading the word, we need to keep funds coming in to assist during the recovery period as medical and convalescing expenses will still need to be met.

Thank you all again for your support!!

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