My nephew Noah was diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) on June 24, 2013, one month before his 24th birthday. After two rounds of chemotherapy, he finally achieved remission on October 3rd. He is now healthy enough to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant and we were hoping this would happen by the end of October. His father will be the donor in what will be a half-match transplant. His doctor is an expert in half match transplants and has developed a two-step transplant procedure which has been successful on 43 patients. So...we are very hopeful. But this transplant needs to receive FDA approval as it is still in Clinical Trial phase and because of the shutdown, these offices are closed. So, everything is on hold. Will Noah's transplant be delayed? How long can we wait?
Politicians in Washington need to know that any further delays in reopening the government can have devastating impacts on real lives, real people. What if their child needed a transplant? Where is the outrage?
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