Luis Ernesto´s Bone Marrow Transplant
$10,000 raised
1% of $1.5M goal
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4 Years running

My name is Luis Ernesto, I'm 24 and studying biology

I was diagnosed in February 2010 with a type of cancer called non-seminomatous germ cell tumor, which at diagnosis was stage IV, this means that the disease was spread all over my body, including lymph nodes, liver and lung so it was necessary to initiate chemotherapy, there it all started.

They finished the first chemotherapies and oncologists recommended me a bone marrow transplant, a fairly high procedure costs, the same year I underwent a second transplant with only three months apart, then my family would have been impossible to pay my treatment by the economic conditions in which we were. Then I had various surgeries and radiation to try to kill any remaining disease. The following year I returned to undergo two surgeries liver.

That's how you reach UNIDOS Association for Bone Marrow Transplantation, an association whose main purpose support hemato-oncological patients requiring a bone marrow transplant, UNIDOS supports most of the treatment of patients, absorbing large costs, that by voluntary donations from many people. As a patient, in addition to receiving this support we also receive emotional and psychological support from the partnership, the two ways that aims work UNIDOS helped save my life, thanks to them I can be here right now sharing my story.

The emotional support group of UNIDOS was essential to cope with the disease and a difficult treatment, there I met people I now consider great friends, people I learned a lot and taught me many things about this disease, and life same without this help I would have been very difficult if not almost impossible to have had this experience and survive because of them the way I see life now changed completely.

I was in remission and was able to return to college knowing my area of ​​interest would be research and in particular lung cancer. Everything was going great, until September 2013 where one of the studies came altered, this indicated a relapse doctors restart with a new chemotherapy treatment and now am awaiting my third bone marrow transplant, a story very difficult.

I consider myself very fortunate to have gone through all this and learning from, my greatest motivation to continue my studies are to work in cancer research and put my two cents to eradicate the disease.

Right now I'm a few days to get back to hospital for the realization of the third bone marrow transplant UNIDOS has continued to support me and my whole family, which infinitely grateful, Today I ask you to help by giving a donation to the account of UNIDOS so that it can continue to support people like me and other patients. These months will only be a pause, a little breathing all the way that I still have to go.

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