May 21st Nathan’s Story had it’s Annual 3D Archery Tournament, Taking AIM on Childhood Cancer and was surprised with a visit from Andrew Tawes with WBOC TV 16 Delmarva’s News Leader, #OutdoorsDelmarva who was very interested in our event and what it benefited. Andrew put together an amazing segment on “Taking AIM on Childhood Cancer” along with explaining Nathans Story (Nathan’s) mission for the organization, and about 3D archery shooting. We’d like to thank Tuckahoe Bowmen for always welcoming our event with open arms and the Eastern Shore Archery Association for such great support along with many others who came out and continue to come out and support our children fighting cancer; along with our sponsors (listed below), without them the event would not be possible. Sponsors: @Tuckahoe Bowmen, State Farm- Chestertown, Mountaire Farms, Wink’s Sporting Goods, Two Tull Builders, Mike’s Minihoe Service, J C Warner, C.W. Gent Transport, Wyatt Russum’s Heroes Invitational, Twinnys Galena MD, Cypress Creek Archery, Island Creek Garden Tractor Pullers, The Update, and Maryland Legends Baseball #myultimatewarriorx3#cancersux #childhoodcancer #kickincancer #4thekidz A.I. duPont Hospital for Children| Nemours
Well it’s been almost a month now since Nathan has come home and it’s long and grueling…Nathan is on full isolation even at home with regular visits to the transplant clinic; meaning still no living and enjoying life like a normal teen should be BUT he’s home and that alone is a relief and we are extremely grateful for. The isolation process remains in effect for 100 days post transplant and Nathan is nearing his 60 day mark next week, we have a ways to go yet.
Nathan is doing well with recovery from his transplant, the transplant was deemed a success as far as the transfer of the donor(his Dad) to recipient, how it has effected the actual cancer we still do not know, there is a BMB scheduled to check in on that. Labs have maintained well until just recently when he needed a good pump up of Red cells, so that alone is great news; his ANC is fantastic but unlike our situation when Nathan was being treated for osteosarcoma(bone cancer), his ANC (Absolute neutrophil count) numbers after the BMT can be deceiving; in the transplant world it tells us the cells are growing and doing well but as far as his immunity, not the case; he has none due to being on immune compressing medications to help avoid rejection and GvHD (Graft vs. Host disease), something very high risk with a Haplo Transplant; which is what Nathan had due to not being able to find a matched donor.
Nathan is working hard on getting his remainder of school work pumped out so he can continue onto the 11th grade as he should, while anxiously awaiting for some of the restrictions to lift so he can enjoy some fun activities, as he should be.
Thank you everyone for so many wonderful words of encouragement and thoughtful prayers for Nathan and the rest of my family. God Bless!!!!