People in Hopkins County are being asked to help a local woman undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.
Karen Vititow Gafford, wife of Mark Gafford, was diagnosed seven months ago with AML, a malignant disease characterized by abnormal white blood cells that accumulate in the bone marrow and prevent the production of normal WBCs.
When leukemic cells replace normal red and white blood cells — which carry oxygen and fight infection — the symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, easy bruising and bleeding, and increased risk of infection. The specific cause of the disease is unclear, but AML can progress rapidly and is typically fatal if left untreated.
Gafford’s treatment has required extensive stays at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, and more are expected. A bone marrow transplant could also be performed at a later date.
The cost of the treatment, hospital stays and traveling back and forth has “sadly depleted” the Gaffords’ funds, according to Mary Rogers, who is trying to organize efforts to help the Gafford.
In an effort to help the pair, Rogers is asking for the community’s support. Anyone who would like to help the Gaffords with medical costs may mail donations c/o Mary Rogers, P.O. Box 22, Brashear TX 75420 or call her at 903-582-2676.
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