Dear Family & Friends,
It’s been a long time since I was in touch with many of you and I am sorry to have to do so with some sad news. Bob's son Matthew has suffered a relapse of his leukemia and is currently undergoing chemo therapy at Fort Sutter Hospital in Sacramento.
A year and a half ago when he was first diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) you were kind enough to help Matt and his family – I can not tell you how incredible and inspiring the help we received at that time was. We were overwhelmed and deeply touched. I would like to ask for you to help again, if you can, with your prayers, by donating blood, joining the bone marrow registry (if you haven't already) and possibly volunteering to help with a Blood/Bone Marrow Drive that we are hoping to hold the week of May 12th (date and location yet to be determined) probably in Roseville.
Matt is currently at Fort Sutter Hospital in Sacramento and will probably be there for a month or so. AML is a very aggressive and particularly nasty form of leukemia so his doctors are hitting him hard with chemo already and he will be needing blood transfusions throughout his treatment. Looking ahead we are hoping for a Bone Marrow match and then a transplant that would take place most likely at Stanford Hospital. Our hope is that he will be strong and well enough for the transplant as soon as possible.
A little update on Matt and the family: when we last were battling ALS he & his wife were expecting their second child. Aaron was born that October and is now a healthy, happy one and a half year old ball of fire and fun. Their oldest child Nate is now 10 and doing very, very well in school and with his Karate.
We still suspect that because Matt was in heavy combat zones in Iraq during his eight years of military service he was at some time exposed to something that caused the chromosome damage that led to his leukemia. Matt is not the only veteran suffering from chromosome damage and ensuing cancer/leukemia. One of our goals is to get the word out about this and the importance of returning vets to have the Gulf War Exam.
At this time we are asking friends and family to consider making a donation of blood and /or platlets in his name, as he has had and will continue to have transfusions. We have set up an account in his name with Blood Source - if you donate you can use his number P560 or his name "Matthew Bumpus" to find the nearest Blood Source go to http://www.smfbc.org/
The process takes about one hour of your time.
And, if you have not already, please consider signing up for the Bone Marrow Registry. It requires a quick and easy swab to your cheek and a little paperwork.
Thank you on behalf of Matt and the family for all your prayers and support. If you’d like to leave a message for Matt he is signed up with “Care Pages” – a program offered by Sutter that is a support/message system for patients and their families. Go to http://www.carepages.com
and he is listed under “Matt Bumpus”. Please feel free to forward this to anyone I may have missed or who may be interested and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or would like to volunteer for the Blood/Bone Marrow Drive in May.