CNN PRODUCER NOTE Wisc3246 loves her family and will do anything for them. When it comes to her 24-year-old nephew Noah Hardt, she is finding it hard to find help for him. Noah was diagnosed earlier this summer with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a form of cancer that affects the blood in one’s body. Noah is in remission and needs a transplant, but unfortunately that government shutdown is preventing that. The surgery is part of a clinical trial which has to go through the FDA for approval, but it is currently closed because of the shutdown. “I chose to upload this report because I love my family, I love my nephew,” said Mayhorn. "I am frustrated by the apathy of the politicians when I feel such urgency about getting Noah the treatment he needs.”
- CYDFISH7, CNN iReport producer
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 3, 2013. He is now healthy enough to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His father will be the donor in what will be a half match transplant. Noah's doctor is an expert in half match transplants and he and his team have developed a two-step transplant procedure which has been successful in other patients. So, we are very hopeful for Noah...However, this transplant needs FDA approval as it is still in Clinical Trial phase. Because of the shutdown, those offices are closed and the approval is delayed.
Politicians in Washington need to realize that this shutdown can have a devastating impact on real people, real lives. Noah doesn't have all the time in the world. What if this was your son, Mr. Politician? Hurry up and open up the government. Noah's life depends on it.
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