May 7, 2014 is the day Mitch learned of his diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. This came after a routine physical found his blood counts to be slightly abnormal. He had several follow up tests, and a bone marrow biopsy to determine what was causing his counts to be so low. From that day on, Mitch’s life changed forever. Mitch was admitted to Swedish American Hospital in Rockford the same day he received the diagnosis and began treatment the following day. When more extensive results came back, he learned that he was going to need a stem cell transplant. While waiting to find a donor, Mitch received an additional round of chemotherapy and was transferred to the University of Wisconsin Hospital.
The transplant went well, but unfortunately Mitch relapsed on April 28, 2015, nearly one year after the first diagnosis. He knew that meant he would need another transplant. This time, his dad was his half-matched donor! After completing his chemotherapy treatment, Mitch was readmitted in July 2015 to start the process for his second transplant.
During this experience, Mitch and his family have seen the benefit of LLS. He has benefited from cutting edge treatments that have recently come off of research trials. Mitch, his family, and friends, support LLS to help others facing blood cancers find treatments, cures and support. They are all involved with this mission because no one fights alone and ultimately know that together, they CAN beat blood cancer.