Storm victim needs bone marrow transplant - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Superstorm Sandy

Storm victim needs bone marrow transplant

Posted: Updated:

By DR. MANNY ALVAREZ, Fox News

MYFOXNY.COM -- Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes and devastated communities all along the East Coast. But for the Heckman family the storm dealt an especially hard blow after destroying their home in Amity Harbor, N.Y.

"I thought nothing could get worse after my son was diagnosed and then to see this, you know, to come back, the hardest part was going into their room and every toy we have ever gotten for them was gone," said Danielle Heckman. In August 2011, Heckman's middle child, Steven, now 6, was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia.

"We evacuated as quickly as we could," Heckman said. "It was barely possible because the water came over the canal even before the storm and was up to our front porch within fifteen minutes."

Steven said: "I was scared that the house was going to break."

The moment they returned and realized they would be homeless, Danielle feared the worst.

"A shelter is not an option at all his immune system is suppressed, and with flu season going around… for Steven to be exposed to that, he'll be back in the hospital," Heckman said.

While the Heckman family is planning on rebuilding their home, they hope for something else a bit more life changing: finding a bone marrow match for their son.

"To know that there is a match, that means that my son will have an even greater chance of getting through this," Heckman said.

Leukemia affects the blood and bone marrow, the spongy center of bones where blood cells are formed. It develops when those blood cells begin to grow out of control.

Treatments like chemotherapy and radiation kill diseased cells, but they also remove healthy ones, leaving the patient with a weakened immune system.

"In order to give the patient a new immune system you need the bone marrow to come in of a matching donor," said Katherine Harf of the DKMS Bone Marrow Donor Center.

Donations can be made in two ways: peripheral blood stem cell donation is like giving blood or bone marrow donation collects cells from the backside of the pelvic bone using a special syringe.

"DKMS is the largest bone marrow center in the world and our big dream is to provide a donor for every single patient in need," Harf said.

The first step in helping to save a life is to register. Go to getswabbed.org to learn how.

"A match for Steven would be a lifeline," Harf said. "If he knows he can find a donor then he knows that he would have that second chance."

That would mean Steven could have more years to do the things he loves:

"Playing with my toys and playing with my two sisters," he said.

"I want him to grow up, go to college, get a really awesome job that he's happy and proud of," his mother said. "Basically have that fairytale ending."

For more information on the bone marrow registry and the Heckman family's fundraising website see:

www.dkmsamericas.org/

www.gofundme.com/

  • HealthMore>>

  • Should you ever ask a woman if she's pregnant? (No.)

    Should you ever ask a woman if she's pregnant? (No.)

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:55:58 GMT
    Is she or isn't she? How about her? Her? Him? (Looks it.) She definitely is. (I think.) Have you ever see a woman coming down the street and want to ask "Are you pregnant?" We human beings are curious creatures. It turns out even some 4-year-olds want to know. Justin Otero is now banned for life from the Doughnut Inn in Monroe, Connecticut. It was a harsh price to pay, some say, for such a seemingly innocent mistake.
    Is she or isn't she? How about her? Her? Him? (Looks it.) She definitely is. (I think.) Have you ever see a woman coming down the street and want to ask "Are you pregnant?" We human beings are curious creatures. It turns out even some 4-year-olds want to know. Justin Otero is now banned for life from the Doughnut Inn in Monroe, Connecticut. It was a harsh price to pay, some say, for such a seemingly innocent mistake.
  • Manhattan nursery school's sanitizing machine keeps air clean

    Manhattan nursery school's sanitizing machine keeps air clean

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:47:17 GMT
    All of us feel the same way about "cooties": Eww. At the Goddard School on the Upper West Side, a high-tech machine is keeping "cooties" out of the classroom. "This is the latest and then most effective sanitization method available today," says Bill Swan, the owner of the Goddard School. He purchased the ZONO Sanitech for his school about six months ago. The machine is the size of a double refrigerator and uses oxygen to kill viruses and bacteria.
    All of us feel the same way about "cooties": Eww. At the Goddard School on the Upper West Side, a high-tech machine is keeping "cooties" out of the classroom. "This is the latest and then most effective sanitization method available today," says Bill Swan, the owner of the Goddard School. He purchased the ZONO Sanitech for his school about six months ago. The machine is the size of a double refrigerator and uses oxygen to kill viruses and bacteria.
  • Americans shop local and organic for health and ethics

    Americans shop local and organic for health and ethics

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:13:49 GMT
    Five years ago, Sonia Zutic made a life-changing decision: she decided to eat with a conscience. Sonia is among a growing number of adults who swear by food that's strictly organic and free of additives and preservatives. Many have decided that ethical eating is no longer a trendy fad, but is a blueprint to life.
    Five years ago, Sonia Zutic made a life-changing decision: she decided to eat with a conscience. Sonia is among a growing number of adults who swear by food that's strictly organic and free of additives and preservatives. Many have decided that ethical eating is no longer a trendy fad, but is a blueprint to life.
  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • Suffolk County jail warden is highest-paid muni worker in NY

    Suffolk County jail warden is highest-paid muni worker in NY

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:48:14 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.
    The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.
  • Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:23:04 GMT
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their five-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer.  Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway on June 1, 2014.  On May 19 he ended up having to have surgery on his liver, gallbladder, diaphragm and lymph nodes after doctors found out he had a large cancerous tumor growing inside of his liver.
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their five-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer.  Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway on June 1, 2014.  On May 19 he ended up having to have surgery on his liver, gallbladder, diaphragm and lymph nodes after doctors found out he had a large cancerous tumor growing inside of his liver.
  • Suspect arrested in dismembered Brooklyn woman murder case

    Suspect arrested in dismembered Brooklyn woman murder case

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:56:40 GMT
    Police say they arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a Brooklyn woman whose body parts were discovered in Bay Shore. Suffolk County homicide squad and the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Leah Cuevas, 42, on Wednesday night. Cuevas lived on 346 Sumpter Ave. in Brooklyn, the same address as the victim, Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Cuevas was charged with second-degree murder and held overnight at Suffolk's Fourth Precinct.
    Police say they arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a Brooklyn woman whose body parts were discovered in Bay Shore. Suffolk County homicide squad and the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Leah Cuevas, 42, on Wednesday night. Cuevas lived on 346 Sumpter Ave. in Brooklyn, the same address as the victim, Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Cuevas was charged with second-degree murder and held overnight at Suffolk's Fourth Precinct.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices