Randy was an Air Force Veteran who enjoyed spending time with and being supportive of his family both emotionally and physically. He would do anything for anyone. Randy was always willing to give back to his community. He loved the outdoors and spent most of his free time hunting, camping, chopping wood and following his beloved Green Bay Packers.
In September, while at work at a local hospital, Randy thought he hurt his back. About two emergency room visits later, his life was turned upside down.
Randy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of blood cancer. Also known as acute lymphocytic leukemia or acute lymphoid leukemia, ALL is the least common type of leukemia in adults and is rare for men of Randy’s age (55 and above). After 16 weeks of intense chemotherapy, Randy began a clinical trial treatment for ten weeks, but ultimately, he needed a bone marrow transplant at the end of this cycle.
No full match was ever found for Randy, so he receive a haploid stem cell transplant using cells donated from his daughter. Randy relapsed on his 6 months post-transplant anniversary and doctors told him that Car T-cell therapy was his only option.
Unfortunately, during a Car T-cell therapy session, Randy passed away. He fought for 17 months and died exactly 17 months to the day of his diagnosis.
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