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A holiday plea from Mom: Helping Nate

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Happy Holidays;

We hope this letter finds you well and in good health this holiday season. We are reaching out to you for your assistance in our son’s recovery. Our 22 year old son, Nathan, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) on Christmas day 2012.Since this diagnosis, he initially went through 4 rounds of chemotherapy and achieved a temporary remission.

In September of 2013, Nathan relapsed and has since undergone 2 more rounds of chemotherapy. Due to the aggressiveness of this type of leukemia, Nathan Piekutowski is now waiting on a stem cell transplant at Rush University Chicago.

As of today, we have not found a suitable math. If a donor is not found soon, we will be forced to look at alternative treatments. A stem cell transplant is his best chance at long-term remission and recovery.

If you are not already in a donor registry and would like to be tested, there are two ways to do this. The first is to be put in the national registry and that is at http://bethematch.org/. This is a free registry and you can order a testing kit onlin. The second is to privately test at www.bonemarrowtest.com. There is a fee to test privately.

Testing involves four swabs fo the mouth and giving blood for a donation. There is no specific blood type for stem cell transplants, the process looks at HLA markers in the blood.

If you would like to read more about Nathan, we have set up a pageto keep family and friends up to date on his condition and treatment.. If you have any questions, please contact us at 623-628-5111. Nathan Piekutowski http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/nathanpiekutowski.

Our sincerest thanks for your willingness to test or donate. Our continued appreciation for your thoughts,praysers, kind words and support.

Dawn Piekutowski

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