Thursday, March 1, 2007

Please keep my friend Kent in your thoughts & prayers

I heard from my friend Kent Hagelgantz this morning. I have not talked to him in some time. Please, keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

On Jan. 12 he was diagnosed with a very rare case of Lymphoma cancer. There are many types and of all the types this type is only 1% of the types. His doctor said if not treated soon he would be dead in a few months. Friday he will be going for his 3rd chemo treatment of 6, he goes every two weeks for treatments.

On March 13 he is going to Omaha for a consultation and after school is out this summer there is like a 99.9% chance he will have a bone marrow transplant. They will remove it from his body, clean it, give it a powerful chemo treatment and then put it back in his body. He should be in hospital then for 3-4 weeks. The reason for this is because he is lacking a gene that would fight this off and prevent it from coming back.

This cancer is also non-Hodgkin's which is harder to treat than Hodgkin's according to his doctor.

Kent is a Special Ed Para at a local high school in Topeka. His father passed away last Jan 10 2006 from a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

Kent is a good guy and I have considered him a dear friend since 1986, when we first met at Garden City High School. Please keep him in your prayers.

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