This year-old dairyman, husband and father to two young boys is battling an aggressive type of cancer called B cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. But instead of feeling sorry for himself, he and his family and friends are putting on a blood drive with a bone marrow registry option on Nov. Eddy may not need a bone marrow transplant now, but in case he does, he's hoping for a first date Evansville IN, just as many other people battling cancer throughout the country hope for a match.
In the past, he's given blood during blood drives at his church as recently as a year ago and now he's on the receiving end. His great-grandfather, the late Arie Boertje, started the dairy in Southern California. Arie's son, Dennis Boertje, bought the dairy and later moved it north in webcam dating San Francisco CA Visalia where he and Eddy's father, Ed Boertje, currently run the multi-dairy operation. Eddy, a fourth generation dairy farmer, was running one of the dairies for his father before he became ill.
He had also started a calf-raising business on his own.
Leaning toward genetics, he custom-raised calves for other dairymen. Since he was a kid, he said he fell in love with dairy life. His father carried him around while he did his chores. One night before he went to bed, his mother, Terry Boertje, remembers him saying, "Dad, wake me up in the morning. I want to go with you. Eddy is the oldest of three boys and one girl. From the time they were date in Savannah GA romantic, all of them grew up riding along in trucks and on tractors to get a feel for dairy life.
Eddy was pretty woman Fort Wayne dating 4-H and when he got older, he played basketball, baseball and football for Central Valley Christian, where he went to school from kindergarten through graduation from high school in Inhe was crowned Homecoming King along with Jillian Visser, who was crowned queen.
They rode in on a horse-drawn carriage. It was a special time, remembered Eddy's mother.
Many of his classmates and peers liked him and voted for him. Eddy's wife Robyn, 30, was also born and raised in Visalia and attended CVC, where she and Eddy started dating in high school. They have two sons, Wade, 4, and Miles, 17 months. For six weeks beginning in March, Eddy complained about a pain in his right side. But since his girl meets Puerto Rico 3 at the family dairy is physical, she wasn't American Fork hookup concerned initially.
Robyn works as a nurse practitioner. She treated his pain with ice, heat and ibuprofen. Later, through the doctor she works with, they started doing some lab tests. A chest X-ray showed nothing wrong and a CAT scan came back fine. One week later on May 1, the tumor was discovered on Eddy's ninth thoracic vertebra or T9. His doctor sent him to Stanford University.
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Twelve days later, he was first diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, but later diagnosed with a rarer form of cancer, B Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. With two tumors, one in his back and one in his left femur or left thigh, his chemotherapy treatment began June 1 and will continue for three years to shrink the tumors. Chemotherapy kills cancer cells as well as good cells that make red blood cells, hemoglobin and white blood cells, the foundation for his immune system. On Monday while at Stanford, he said he felt better.
But on other days he feels miserable with a sickening, weak feeling as a result of chemotherapy. During his local girls Orleans drive on Nov. While blood donations save lives, bone marrow donations Valley AL dating scams one life at a time, said Chris Sorensen, community relations and development director the Central California Blood Center.
To get registered, potential donors give a saliva swab and answer a few questions.
The swab goes to a lab for DNA analysis. Dating expats in Orleans IN patients need bone marrow transplants, their information is entered into the computer and hopefully, matches are found.
Once a match is found, the donor may have to give more blood, or marrow may be taken from parts of the body, depending on what the recipient needs. This marrow is prepared and then it's given to the patient.
Generally, the donor feels sore afterward, Sorensen said. The next day, donors often say they feel like they over-exercised. After about three days, they return to work. Hopefully, the donor marrow jump starts the recipient's body to start producing his or her own healthy cells. Bone marrow is matched by ethnicity, said Darla Silvera, donor recruiter. Since Eddy elite dating Manhattan from a Dutch background, it will be helpful for him to have lots of Dutch people register to be marrow donors.
This tight-knit community is ready to help, she said. Already four churches are involved in the blood drive.
But Eddy wants to help others, not just himself. He said he wants as many people as possible to get on the marrow registry so matches can be found for other people battling cancer. Several thousand people from the Valley are put on the bone marrow registry each year, but only about or so have the chance of being matched, Sorensen said. Once a bone marrow donor is matched with a recipient patient, the donor learns a little about the person he Philadelphia Pa only online dating she is helping.
Visalia dairyman battles cancer, thinks of others first
For example, the donor would be told his recipient is a year-old woman fighting leukemia in the Midwest. It's done this way because the recipient patient and family need to focus on getting well without the added pressure of thanking the donor, she said. A year after the bone marrow transplant, the donor may learn more about the recipient and actually get to meet each other. Often when someone is ill, people want to do something for them, Mark Raleigh North Carolina NC dating said.
The one thing they can do for them is donate blood or marrow. One thing he's learned through this illness is that he couldn't get through it without his family, friends and fellow church members. He and his wife have received gift cards from people they hardly know for which he said he is grateful. Going through this journey of fighting cancer makes him realize how hard it is on others fighting the same disease.
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