Luis and Katie Ballesteros have a special bond – more than the DNA they share.
Katie was going to what seemed to be a normal doctor’s visit. Her family noticed she wasn’t feeling well, and her skin tone was little bit lighter. What came next wasn’t expected – on June 30, 2016, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The diagnosis brought fear. Everyone has heard of cancer, but you don’t know what that feeling is like until it’s personal.
Katie’s treatment plan was aggressive – she needed three different chemotherapies. But doctors deemed that a bone marrow transplant would be the best course of treatment. The Ballesteros started the search for a match with immediate family before widening their outreach nationally.