Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tyler Update and Luke Chadwick

Tyler was back in clinic today. His counts are continuing to improve and things continue to look good. His ANC is 1,157, which allows him to see his friends! It is a beautiful day today and so I tried to get Tyler to go driving, but he was not up to it.

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Boston Children's Hospital is now reviewing all of Tyler's information, and we will be speaking with them again later this week. The first phase in the battle with Burkitt's is attacking all the visible tumors and detectable cancer throughout the body and bone marrow. However Burkitt's is a cancer of the white blood cells. The tumors are just an out growth of the blood cancer, so killing the tumors does not kill the cancer. We are now in the second phase...the killing of the undetectable blood cancer cells (anything less than 1.2 billion cancer cells is not detectable). This is the phase we are in now. The third and final phase will be finishing off the cancer for good. That often involves a bone marrow and/or stem cell transplant. That is what we are discussing with Boston.

Friends of our family, Bob and Peg Chadwick, have been faithful in praying for Tyler. Their 21 year old grandson just received a lung and heart transplant. His name is Luke. Please keep him in your prayers.

Here is his information...

Hello Friends:

1. Our 21-year old grandson, Luke Chadwick, is recovering slowly after his double-lung transplant+Open-heart repair surgery on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA.
He remains in the Intensive Care Unit. The Transplant Surgery Recovery Team have been and continue to be absolutely outstanding.

Luke's body has accepted the new lungs without rejection but it takes time and effort with daily "ups-and-downs" as his body adjusts to the new lungs/repaired heart and the doctors/nurses regulate the post-operative balance of the body's immune system vs. anti-rejection medication.
Your prayers and the LORD's grace and healing power have been determinative.

2. Please continue to keep Luke in your prayers.
The Medical Center at the University of Washington has established a CarePage where updated news is available concerning Luke Chadwick's medical condition as he recovers from his surgery.

[Unfortunately, you have to go through a one-time registration procedure to gain access.]

Web page can be found by clicking (or Control+Click) at:

Bob and Peg Chadwick


deyerles said...

Dear Tyler,

Hope each day brings you more strength. I know this has been a hard road for you and you aren't done yet but you are doing so well and I have such hope for your continued success as you Fight to Win. You are AWESOME!


P.S. Aunt Bonnie says we might be going on cruise in January. Doesn't matter when we go as long as you are totally healthy and enjoying life!

Cathy Sankey said...

Dear Tyler,

Glad to hear you have had some better days this week. If you feel stronger next week maybe we can get our photo taken together for Celebration of Excellence.

It is amazing to continue to read about your amazing strength and courage. You are truly an inspiration to us all. Continue to fight to win!
--"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible."

Grandma Bonnie said...

Hello Tyler,

We are back home and missing you guys already. The best part of leaving was seeing you home again. I do hope you will soon start to feel like practicing behind the wheel. Remember Grandpa promises to let you drive his car. You must be pretty special because that's a first.

Continue to grow strong.

We love you,

Grandma Bonnie & Grandpa Terry

Joel said...

Hi Luke... I rode in a taxi at some point after you did and came across a bottle of Prograf you left behind. You can reach me at if you need your meds.