Jonathan was a happy, typical 16-year-old boy living in Texas in a busy household with 4 brothers and sisters. He was very active in his church and enjoyed playing the guitar. After two trips to the doctor one week, he was told he had a bad case of tonsillitis, Jonathan went to an ENT to see if his tonsils needed to come out. The ENT gave him more antibiotics and performed a blood test, as he had never seen tonsils look quite like Jonathan's before. On August 25th, 2008, Jonathan was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia M4, (AML). In May 2009, after eight months of intense treatment, Jonathan left the hospital, cancer free. Unfortunately, Jonathan relapsed a few months later, and began more treatment in August 2009. In February of 2010, he had a double cord blood transplant. Aside from some serious post-transplant issues with viruses and infections, which he is still dealing with, Jonathan is doing well. His tests remain clear, and he is optimistic, energetic, and continues to fight with grace, courage, and compassion for others. Jonathan is an inspiration to all who meet him.
*Acute Myeloid Leukemia, (AML), is a cancer of the myeloid cells, which starts in the bone marrow and spreads to the blood. These cancerous cells begin as blasts that do not develop correctly, then multiply out of control, crowding out good blood cells. AML can spread to the lymph system and other vital organs, and occasionally manifest itself as a solid tumor.