If you read our last blog about “Here for Blake” , you know about Blake Pierce and the struggles of his family. Blake is a six year old boy who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March of 2012.
Blake is a kind, caring and positive boy. The treatment that he receives to beat the cancer will be for 3 ½ years. Some of you might not be familiar with acute lymphoblastic leukemia so we wanted to help raise awareness in honor of Blake. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow, the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that the body uses to fight infections. The word “acute” in acute lymphocytic leukemia comes from the fact that the disease progresses rapidly and creates immature blood cells, rather than mature ones. In acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the bone marrow makes unformed cells called blasts that normally would develop into lymphocytes. However, the blasts are abnormal. They do not develop and cannot fight infections. The number of abnormal cells (or leukemia cells) grows quickly. They crowd out the normal red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets the body needs. Acute lymphocytic leukemia is actually the most common type of cancer found in children, and treatments result in a good chance for a cure. Blake’s journey might be a long road but he is determined to beat cancer!
To stay updated on Blake or to show your support “like” his page on Facebook!
If you would like to send cards or donations to Blake send them to:
179 Ashley Street
West Springfield, MA 01089