The son of Cameron Corniuk or Cam, my friend and previous co-worker, has been in a fight with ALL. I wanted to take some time to talk about Siberius Corniuk, Si or my favorite name “Super Si” that has been diagnosed with Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or (ALL) on May 11th of 2011. Si had a relapse in June of 2012 and another in 2013, Si recently has undergone a transplant that seems to be going very well. It has been a battle for precious life for him and his family, my prayers, thoughts and wishes will always be with them.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia or ALL is a form of Leukemia or cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell), ALL is the most common type of cancer in children. It is particularly dangerous as it crowds out the healthy white blood cells and has a high rate for metabolizing. The treatment is long, hard and especially rough on the body and family members. The spiritual, emotional and financial burdens are immense as you can imagine.
I have read a story, a while back, that talked about the power of group prayer and the amazing results from such an act. I was hoping to appeal to the good nature of my family, friends and people in general to please take some time during your day to send your prayers for Si and his family.
If you wish to verbally express your support, Si has a Facebook page with up to date information on his progress. Please take the time to drop by Si’s Facebook page to lend your support for this young life.
Cam takes the time to update the page in first person, here is a recent post from the page,
Daddy forgot to share some very good news yesterday. My chimeraism test came back yesterday. We were not expecting the results until some time next week. The test showed 100% engraftment. Now, that’s actually pretty big news. It means that, looking at all the cells they could see in my blood, they saw 100% donor cells and none of my cells, and it’s my cells that have the defect. It means my body has accepted the transplant and that there is a much lower chance of relapse. Now, it doesn’t mean I’m out the woods yet as I’m still fighting the GVHD (graft versus host disease), will hopefully have a spinal tap next week to check the CNS, and all sorts of other fun tests and medicines along the way, but this is still great news!
My only wish is for Si to get well and have a chance at life without the burden of fighting off leukemia. I cannot imagine life through the eyes of Si and pray that he will soon have the life that most of us take for granted.
!God Bless Si and his family!