Patient of the Month: Jaden Dhaliwal

August 7, 2009

Little 6-year-old Jaden was diagnosed with Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD) when he was just 23 months old. After suffering from persistent fevers that would not go away, doctors discovered he had this rare disease, which only affects 25,000 people worldwide. To boost his immunity, Jaden had to take medication every day and shots three times each week.

Doctors knew a bone marrow transplant was the only treatment that could cure young Jaden. In July, Jaden underwent a bone marrow transplant for which his sister Gia was donor. His father also donated platelets as part of the transplantation process.

 

Jaden is so excited about his transplant, which will allow him to play like the other children his age. Jaden could not visit zoos, go hiking, play outside or take camping trips because of the many things that could make him ill.

 

Although Jaden and his family and grateful for this opportunity, they know there is still a difficult journey ahead. A bone marrow transplant costs approximately $675,000. And that's only the beginning. Even with health coverage, Jaden's family faces significant medical expenses related to his transplant. The Dhaliwal family lives 3,000 miles away from the transplant center at Duke University Medical Center. They will need significant help with travel, food and lodging, especially because his father was out of work for six weeks after donating platelets for the transplant.

 

Can you help Jaden and his family with these soaring medical expenses? To make a donation to NFT in Jaden Dhaliwal’s honor, click here.