"We wanted to give everyone an update on how Patrick is doing. Patrick has been in the most intense part of his treatment, called Front-line Therapy, since his diagnosis last summer. Having been diagnosed with Very High Risk Leukemia, he has had to endure almost double the amount of intense chemotherapy that Low or Standard Risk treatment protocols require. Although there have been some unanticipated bumps in the road, and although he has experienced the anticipated side effects from the chemotherapy he has, overall, done very well with his treatment thus far. We hope to enter the Maintenance phase of treatment, which is far less intense, at some point in early summer. Despite the fact that the intensity of the treatment eases during Maintenance therapy, there is still a long road ahead. Patrick's anticipated end of treatment date is October, 2016.
We continue to be incredibly grateful for the overwhelming amount of support, love, and generosity that people have shown Patrick and us this year. We sincerely believe that part of the reason Patrick has done so well throughout this process is because he feels and draws strength from the prayers and love that people continue to direct towards him.