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May 6, 2016

Cleyon Needs a Bone Marrow Transplant

Cleyon Marage

Twelve-year old Cleyon Marage continues to struggle to stay alive. So far he has undergone several surgeries in Merida to fight cancer and it appeared that his health condition was improving. But in late March, he had a relapse and was back at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. With assistance from the Cancer Society, Yvette Burks of BERT and Friend of Pediatrics, Cleyon was flown to Merida in April and remains there tonight in critical condition. His family today provided details on Cleyon, who we met two years ago when he was first diagnosed.


Lavern Matura

Lavern Matura, Aunt of Cleyon Marage

“He has just taken his second round of chemotherapy, but Cleon has acute myeloid leukemia. Two years ago, he was diagnosed with it and he’s been going to Merida to do treatments; he did the last one in January of this year. But after his birthday in March, he began feeling sick. His mom took him to the doctor; when they did a blood test, they found that his blood was very low. So she contacted his doctor in Merida; he told her to continue to monitor him, but his blood kept going down low. So he ended up in Karl Heusner, they did a blood transfusion, but they needed to take him out back to Merida. When he got there, his doctor did a blood test and he said that he had a elapse. Because of this, he went immediately back on chemotherapy, but because of the relapse, he had to do a stronger dose of chemotherapy. So his doctor informed her that with this dose, it gave him about an eight percent chance of surviving doing that chemotherapy. But the chemotherapy is just to buy him time until he can get the bone marrow transplant that he needs. That is what he actually needs to get over this leukemia.”

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