Start: Feb 13, 2018 - End: Jul 31, 2018
Shaun gained his angel wings on June 3rd, after a long, courageous battle with AML. Thank you to everyone who supported Shaun and his family through prayers, positive thoughts and energy, kind and uplifting words, cards, meals, t-shirts, bracelets and financial donations throughout his journey. They have truly appreciated everything.
Our family has opened this site again for anyone who would like to purchase something to remember Shaun or make a memorial donation in Shaun’s honor.
So…things don’t always go as planned. As many of you know, Shaun O’Brien was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) in July of 2015 when he was 16 years old. He underwent chemotherapy at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, but only a few months after his treatment was completed, Shaun relapsed. He returned to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital for another round of chemo and underwent a bone marrow transplant. His transplant was a success thanks to a near-perfect donor, and Shaun was seemingly cancer free and living life to the fullest. He attends Kirkwood Community College, working towards a degree in CNC Machining Technology, while also helping to tutor other students. In addition, he works at D & R Engines & Machines Inc. in Marion, IA. When not in school or work, Shaun is an avid outdoorsman who loves to fish and hunt. Testing cancer free past the one-year mark seemed to suggest that Shaun was “in the clear,” but February 9, 2018 (day 520 post transplant) proved devastating. Shaun’s cancer had returned. Shaun is currently back at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, and although he just turned 19 on February 11th, he will be allowed to continue with the doctors and nurses that know and love him. The plan is for a three-week session of chemo to kill the cancer, followed by a week or two off, and then a second bone marrow transplant. This time they will use donor cells from an immediate family member who is the best match. Since Shaun has already received such high doses of radiation from his past treatments, his doctor told him to prepare for a long stay post transplant. Shaun’s condition is extremely serious; 50% of patients do not survive a second transplant, so he’s in for the fight of his life. We are asking for your help: Cash donations through One Mission will go entirely to Shaun and his family, and One Mission will also donate 40% of all product sales (including the new super-awesome Shaun Strong t-shirt) to Shaun and family! You can find that new Shaun Strong t-shirt right here on our Fund page. We hope you consider buying one, or two, or five! Wear it. Take selfies of you wearing it and post them to Shaun’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/shaun.strong.79 Add some words of encouragement along with the best joke you’ve got! Let’s keep Shaun’s spirits high for as long as it takes him to beat this! Thank you so much for fighting with us! Shaun Strong!
Making a Difference In: Iowa
Fund Leader: Lisa Hinrichs
Fund Type: Medical Causes