BKV Together is hosting a fundraiser in honor of our coworker, Ray Bouchart. Ray is a mechanical intern who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia this past winter.
Aplastic anemia is a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells. Aplastic anemia leaves you feeling fatigued and with a higher risk of infections and uncontrolled bleeding.
A rare and serious condition, aplastic anemia can develop at any age. Aplastic anemia may occur suddenly, or it can occur slowly and get worse over a long period of time. Treatment for aplastic anemia may include medications, blood transfusions or a stem cell transplant.
Ray has been receiving blood product infusions a couple times a week for the past several months. He continues to receive chemotherapy and in time, it will allow his body to create normal blood counts; however, the doctors are not getting the results they were hoping for. In result, Ray has to go through a different and more potent form of chemotherapy.
A common follow up question people always ask him is, "why aren't I getting a bone marrow transplant if the chemo didn't work the first time"? The general consensus between Ray and his doctors is they haven't found a good match and continuing chemotherapy will be a less risky approach until they are able to find a bone marrow match.
In more exciting news, Ray will be graduating from the University of Minnesota on May 13th. Ray told us, he is very enthusiastic about getting back to work.
We can help Ray and many others by making a generous contribution to Be The Match.