Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you for all of the prayers, good thoughts, gifts for Kerstin and McKinsey, gas cards, phone cards, and the occasional meal for Annie and Jeff. The dust is finally settling, and we are getting a clearer picture of the road ahead of us. It is long and difficult, but we know the journey can be made with the help and support from all of you.
One of the questions we get all the time is: “What can we get for you or the girls?”, or “What do you need?, or “What can we do for you?”. Up until now we have been asking for only prayers and good thoughts. However, now that we have a better picture of what lies ahead of us we have come up with a list of things that would lesson the stress of this illness.
With at least three more weeks of living dual lives between Lincoln and
One major item that we would like is to have our house professionally cleaned before Kerstin is discharged from the hospital and comes home. Our goal is to provide the cleanest environment we can for her while she is recovering from treatment.
We have also set up a fund in Kerstin’s name at our credit union. The money in this fund will be used for covering medically related expenses. Donations can be mailed or taken in to any of the three Liberty First Credit Union branches. They are located at:
Just let them know that the donation is for the “Kerstin Leaf Leukemia Fund”. If you have any questions, you can call them at (402) 465-1000.
Many people have inquired about donating blood or getting tested for matching bone marrow in case a transplant is needed. Fortunately a bone marrow transplant is not needed at this time. This type of leukemia responds primarily to chemotherapy, and bone marrow transplants are needed only if the leukemia returns. As for donating blood specifically to Kerstin, her doctor says that is complicated and costly. Apparently there are extra fees associated with it, and any time blood products have to have extra labeling there is an increased risk of a labeling mistake which might cause the recipient to receive the wrong blood. Instead, Kerstin’s doctor urges people to become regular “anonymous” donors. This is the best way to help those in need of blood.
Asking for things is never easy. However, we can now put ourselves in the place of thousands of other parents who have been faced with this or a similar situation. It truly changes your perspective on life. We are blessed to have such caring friends and family who have already expressed a desire to help us in any way they can. Most of all, we can use your prayers. In the end we know that God will provide us with everything we need.
Thank you and God bless you all,
Jeff and Annie Leaf