On February 9, 2017, Dad (Lonnie "Buckie" Nugent Jr.), was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Burkitt’s Lymphoma is a form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in which cancer starts in B-Cells. Recognized as the fastest growing human tumor, Burkitt’s Lymphoma is associated with impaired immunity and is rapidly fatal if left untreated. Thankfully, Buckie’s Burkitt’s Lymphoma was discovered soon enough to be treated.
Lonnie "Buckie" Nugent Jr.
Dad will go through eight rounds of chemotherapy, each round consisting of two doses of chemo a day for five days in a row. Even though he’s as tough as nails, these treatments will eventually start to lessen his blood count and he's expected to need blood transfusions.
Through this process, we (Buckie’s bunch), have learned the importance of donating blood. Although there are constant advances in medicine, there is still no substitute for human blood, and more people than you realize are affected by diseases and sicknesses that require frequent blood transfusions. You never know when you might be saving a person’s life by donating.
A huge thanks to all who participate in Dad’s replenishment drive on Thursday, March 16. That man means the world to all of us. Thanks to donors like you, he’ll be able to gain strength through each transfusion and will hopefully win this battle sooner than later.
With deepest thanks and appreciation,