KC Financial: David Dickens

David Dickens Story on the loss of his dad
Aug 14, 2018


In September, 1977 my dad was diagnosed with acute Leukemia at age 60.  I was just starting my Sophomore year in college. My older sister was a senior, and my younger sister and brother were still in high school.  Our mother was only 46.  What an unbelievable shocker for a family who’s dad was totally healthy and vibrant one day and seriously ill the next.  Dad’s doctors estimated he had about 6 months to live. 

I remember many discussions of platelet counts and red/white blood cell percentages and bone marrow transplants.  But at age 19, with no internet/websites/blogs to study and considering the very poor survival rates among adults with acute Leukemia, most of that time is one big memory blur for me.  What is not a blur is the great care dad got from his doctors and caregivers at KU Medical Center.  After undergoing the prescribed rounds of chemotherapy, his cancer went into remission and all seemed to be well.  But as is often the case, the cancer came back with a vengeance.  The chemotherapy got more intense, and the promise of experimental drugs gave temporary hope, but eventually the cancer took him.  He lived for 18 months after that initial diagnosis, so in hindsight we had him for an extra 12 months.  But dying at 61 with a young family is way too young by anybody’s calculator. 

Treatments and survival rates have dramatically improved since my family’s experience four decades ago.  But there is still much more that needs to be done to conquer this disease.  The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a primary source for scientific funding in the U.S.  Without funding, there is no research for treatments.  Without treatments, far too many people will continue to see their life's story end with their cancer journey. Instead, imagine if we didn't need treatments because there was a cure!


Please join me in the fight! I'm encouraging family, friends and clients to make a donation today to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Supporter Comments

    "Our son was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2000. Following treatment,he was fully cured, thanks to the research funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society."

    George Howes

    Mon Aug 20 06:57:46 EDT 2018

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