On Christmas Eve 2013, Jim Takacs suddenly felt out of breath and fatigued. He went to the doctor, who advised him to go to the emergency room immediately. At the hospital, Jim received a blood infusion. After several more blood transfusions, bone marrow biopsies, and consults with doctors, Jim was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Jim was prescribed medication and offered blood transfusions. After about a year of taking his medications and seeing a slight improvement, Jimâ€™s doctor advised him that that the medication he was on would not continue to work and gave him 3 years to live. He was given an immediate referral to Thomas Jefferson University and is now on a fast track to having a stem cell transplant. Jim and his wife, Janice, were given the news that he would need a transplant the day before their 31st wedding anniversary. Jimâ€™s daughter Diane was selected to donate her blood and stem cells to Jim. Jim and Janiceâ€™s only means of transportation is their truck, which has over 110,000 miles on it. The trip from their house to the hospital takes 2.5 hours. There will be at least weekly trips back and forth after Jim is released from the hospital, which will place a great financial burden on the Takacs family. Any contributions you can make are greatly appreciated.
The Bone Marrow Foundation relies 100% on private donations. Your generous Lifeline Fund donation will make a significant difference in the lives of patients like Jim.