The #HopeForG campaign was a big success! In 60 days, 56 donors and Lextech raised over $12,870 for our coworker Guillermo Galván.
Guillermo, our Marketing team’s designer, is a young husband and father to two adorable boys, Oscar (3 years), and Henry (11 months). Last fall, he became suddenly ill. After some difficulty finding a cause, he was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia, a rare but very serious form of anemia, just one month after his youngest son was born.
After four rounds of chemo, he is recovering from a grueling regimen of medication, blood transfusions, and frequent tests. Other than clinic trips, he was not allowed to have any contact with the public, and visits from non-family members were strictly limited. Recently he’s shown signs of great improvement on a new drug, and he’s been able to be out and about.
Last week Guillermo joined us at our Town Hall for the first time in almost a year. We celebrated Guillermo’s improved health and the success of the Lextech fundraiser and matching campaign.
“Guillermo is so talented, and did outstanding work for us on our rebranding efforts, among many other things. We were worried for him when he became ill last year,” said Alex Bratton, Lextech CEO. “We wanted to be able to help him, but because his illness prevented contact with non-family for a long period, we decided to make a big effort with a matching gift campaign. We’re really pleased the campaign turned out well and that Guillermo is getting better. We’re glad to have him back on the team!”
Thanks & Gratitude
Thank you to all of our donors and teammates for your generosity! We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for spreading the word and increasing awareness not only for Guillermo’s needs, but for a rare condition that needs advocates. (See donor list here.)
Guillermo sends along his own thanks as well:
Since the beginning of this difficult journey I have been overwhelmed by the many blessings that have come my way. The most humbling of them all is experiencing first hand the true caring and genuine concern for me and my family evidenced by the giving of such abundant generosity from family, friends, acquaintances, and even complete strangers.
To each and everyone of you who have given to us from your heart, we thank you so very deeply from the bottom of ours.
Though my health has improved greatly over these recent weeks, my journey is not yet over. We celebrate each day as the gift it is and continue to live by faith and pray for the day of complete healing.
Again, thank you so very much. And may God bless you as richly as you have blessed us.
Guillermo’s Health Going Forward
Although his health has improved from a dire state, he still needs a bone marrow transplant and close medical monitoring. There is no match within his own family. Finding a match outside his family has also proven difficult due to his Latino heritage and the lack of diversity on the bone marrow registry. Up to 40% of Latinos do not find a bone marrow match.
For more information about Guillermo’s condition and advocacy for those with blood diseases, you can also contact Delete Blood Cancer to register to become a bone marrow donor to increase the chances that Guillermo finds a match and gets his much-needed transplant.