Helping a Cancer Patient With 20 Grandchildren

He was diagnosed with the same rare cancer that took his father's life.
SEATTLE - Dec. 9, 2022 - PRLog -- Mark Hohn was recently diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a fatal disease where the blood-forming cells become abnormal.

Although rare, he was familiar with this particular cancer. Mark's father received the same diagnosis many years ago. They sent his father home to get his affairs in order and he passed away 18 months later.

Fortunately, Mark received a matching bone marrow transplant from his brother Dave.

Complications Led to Barriers
Unfortunately, complications following the transplant required him to stay longer than expected. His transplant center, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, requires patients to stay within 30 minutes of the clinic during follow-up, but Mark lives outside of Seattle.

Removing Barriers
The Icla da Silva Foundation
was able to remove this barrier and help Mark with a grant for lodging during his follow-up treatment.

The mission of The Icla da Silva Foundation is to save the lives of patients with diseases whose only cure is a bone marrow or cord blood transplant by providing emotional, logistical, and financial support to remove barriers to treatment.

Mark's cancer is currently in remission.

Watch Mark share his heart felt story! Listen to him express gratitude for the help provided during his time of need.

Mark told us he will be "forever grateful". We just want him to recover so he can return home and be a grandfather to his 20 grandchildren.

The Icla da Silva Foundation has been supporting patients in need of a bone marrow transplant for 30 years. With your help, we will continue removing barriers for patients with critical needs.

​​Please consider making a donation so the Icla da Silva Foundation can help more patients like Mark -

About Icla da Silva Foundation
The Icla da Silva Foundation was established in 1992, in memory of a 13-year-old Brazilian girl named Icla da Silva.

After two years of fighting leukemia, Icla passed away in New York City, where she came hoping to get her life-saving treatment: a bone marrow transplant.

A matching donor was never found.

After she passed, a note was found from Icla to her mom. She insisted that she was fine…and asked her family to help the friends she had made while waiting for a matching donor.

Twelve months after her passing, the Icla da Silva Foundation was formed to help patients in need of a bone marrow or cord blood transplant.

Bret Itskowitch
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