[As told by his partner, Sid...]
2012 started out to be another fast-paced year for David, with lots of travel... including relocating the "girls"(two Bernese Mountain Dogs-Lucky and Cornelia) to DC in March; vacationing in Argentina in April with friends; celebrating the Olympics in London in August; driving the "girls" back to Miami for Labor Day; and cheering on The University of Texas Longhorns in Austin at the home opener vs Wyoming with our friends Gary and Josh. David was feeling a bit tired and run down but never complained and just kept going.
Back in Miami, night fevers started to occur....102...103...104, but when the fevers went away, David continued his activities (including jogging on South Beach and having dinner with Sid) and getting settled in Miami for the season. On September 11, he finally went to the emergency room at Mt Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach via our dear friend John Daly (because Sid was away on a business trip, of course.)
David was admitted to the ICU but they still were not sure EXACTLY about the diagnosis. A couple of days later, he got the news......Stage IV Lymphoma of the Diffused Long-B Cells. He went into complete organ failure and his entire family was called to Miami. There is a lot more to this story which you can read at www.caringbridge.org/visit/davidhatfield1.
David has been treated at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland and the National Cancer Institute (which is associated with the National Institutes of Health in Bethseda, Maryland). He has undergone numerous rounds of high dose chemotherapy and has successfully completed a bone marrow transplant. His case is extremely rare and complicated because his tumors have the Epstein-Barr Virus also.
David has fought hard to beat this horrible disease and participated in a trial at the National Cancer Institute to help others who might encounter something similar. He has shown promising results, but he is not out of the woods yet! Please help Scott raise money to further understand how these diseases can be managed and treated moving forward.
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