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VINCENT

Vincent is 19 years old and was diagnosed with T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow) in 2005 when he was 8 years old. He received chemotherapy and radiation therapy for two and a half years. His parents shared responsibilities for caring for Vincent and his younger sister Katie. Vincent’s treatment protocol was very intensive and his mother took a leave of absence to help care for him. Vincent’s condition improved and family life returned to normal until three years ago when his mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She underwent multiple surgeries and chemotherapy and is still recovering today. Vincent graduated high school and began attending college in Boston last year, however, towards the end of his freshman year he became ill and an examination determined that he relapsed. He left school to come home and undergo additional treatments at the Children's Cancer Institute at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. It was determined that a bone marrow transplant would be Vincent’s best option for cure, and fortunately his younger sister was a perfect match. Due to the demands of Vincent’s and his mother’s illnesses, Vincent’s father left work in order to be the primary caregiver for the family. Financial assistance, including from The Jillian Fund, has kept the family afloat during this very stressful time. Vincent returned to college this Fall and is being followed by a team of bone marrow transplant specialists in Boston. The family continues to recover physically, emotionally and financially.