Jeff McKinnon has been diagnosed with relapsed aggressive Multiple Myeloma. Multiple Myeloma is a blood cancer. Originally diagnosed in July 2018 – Jeff endured several rounds of chemo and radiation here in Fargo. Then went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for his first stem cell transplant. Healthy blood stem cells from his body were used to replace diseased bone marrow. Jeff had to stay about 45 days in Rochester, and the transplant was successful. However, remission didn’t last long. In about 6 months, cancer returned.
His next treatment this fall will be an allogeneic stem cell transplant. A procedure in which a patient receives healthy stem cells from a donor (his brother Jim). The recipient even inherits the blood type of the donor. Transplants using donor cells have a higher chance of rejection. Because of this Jeff will again be at Mayo in Rochester, MN to recover. Whether in-patient, or with a full-time caregiver from September – January. With this extended stay in Rochester, MN the costs of lodging, food and gas will mount up. Along with the medical bills.
All proceeds gathered will be donated to the Lend a Hand Up organization and receive a 20% boost. This assists with travel, lodging and medical expenses while living away from home. Free-will donations are also appreciated. Again, all donations will be matched up to 20% by Lend a Hand Up.