For fans who’ve followed Real Salt Lake they’re well aware that Andy Williams wife, Marcia, is battling a rare form of leukemia. She still hasn’t found a bone marrow donor match, and the organization is encouraging everyone to come on to one of its two donor drives in the next two weeks to help find a match. For more information about the two upcoming drives, log onto the team’s official blog website at rsltothecore.com.
Andy Williams sent RSL an email update on Tuesday regarding the current status of his wife, and the team was kind enough to share emotional email with the Deseret News.
“Just wanted let you know where things are at the moment. Last week was super hard for us, that is because we found out that Marcia blood
results were the lowest that has ever been. Another result we found out is that she has also developed an abnormal chromosome in the blood. This abnormality essentially means that she most likely won’t be cured by chemotherapy alone. Usually people with this extra chromosome tend not to do well with the chemo treatment by itself.
So the options that we do have now is first and foremost a bone marrow transplant, which we still haven’t found a suitable match yet. This leaves us with the option of a cord blood transplant which is a lot more riskier than the first option. The reason for this is that after the cord blood transplant the stem cells take much longer to graft to its host leaving the room for deadly infections during this time. Another problem is that cord blood is still a fairly new procedure and it’s mostly used on children rather adults being that the cord blood is so small. The final hurdle for us is that our doctor here has not done this procedure on any adult and would like us to be his first. Which I assure you it is not very comforting at this point. As the week goes on I will update you more on our decision but as usual we ask you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.”