In July 2019, Bob was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis Triple Negative/Myelodysplastic Syndrome.
Bob’s love for the game of hockey is truly unmatched. He’s been involved in the game for the past 50 plus years as both a player and a coach with nearly all of that time being spent in the Arvada community.
Up until his diagnosis, Bob was an avid adult league player. Playing in both the Apex Adult League and Promenade Adult League and is still helping coach the Ralston Valley Varsity Hockey team (which he has been a part of for the past 4 years).
Myelofibrosis Triple Negative is a rare bone cancer affecting about 16,000 people in the US, in which scar tissue forms in the bone marrow and impairs its ability to produce normal blood cells. Triple Negative means that all blood cell types are affected. In Bob’s case he has a very high white blood cell count and his red blood cells and platelets are low.
Myelodysplastic Syndrome is a group of disorders which when all grouped together lead to acute Myeloid leukemia.
Bob’s ‘mutated cells’ are currently ‘blasting’ which means they are progressing rapidly. He will undergo 2 rounds of intense chemotherapy in an attempt to lower and control the ‘blasting’ so that a Bone Marrow Transplant can be performed.
Let’s rally to make sure that Bob can overcome these obstacles with OUR help.
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