His fight with Leukemia has been an up and down battle for four years, now 10 year old Alex Belk is hoping this time he'll be cured. The Bettendorf family is praying his next procedure will be the one that saves his life.
The Belk family got some tough news this past year. Doctors told them Alex's Leukemia had come back, and he was in need of a donor.
"I've pretty much been doing the same thing, like everyday I can," said Alex Belk.
Alex Belk, 10, said he tries to live a normal life. Like playing video games on his X-Box, and catch with his two sisters. But he said because of the cancer, sometimes things are far from normal.
"Not being able to go to school, having to wear a mask whenever you step outside and we always have to have all the windows up in the house and in the car," said Alex.
Alex is diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a fast growing cancer of the white blood cells. Last September, he had a bone marrow transplant with his big sister Courtney by his side.
"When we got the results that said I was a match, I knew I was going to do it," said sister, Courtney Belk.
But the results weren't what the Belk family was hoping for.
"He was going to have a little bit more freedom, and then they stopped us on the way out the door, and told us," said Janel Belk.
Since the bone marrow transplant, alex's disease has been in remission, and he will soon have to go through another round of chemo to get him ready for a different procedure. This time, a stem cell transfusion. His sister plans to be his donor again, but even though the family is hopeful there's a chance the match won't work.
"for him right now there isn't anyone, so if we didn't have her...I hope it works this time," said Janel.
Right now, the family is trying to find an unrelated donor through a national registry. They said it's the best chance for a cure not just for Alex, but other patients in need of a transplant.
"So kids or anyone with leukemia can have a better life and just not have the restrictions that they have and everything," said Alex.
Alex is starting eight weeks of chemotherapy next week. But in the meantime the family will be out there to find another match. They're hosting a donor registry drive April 13th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Davenport. But you can get the process started early by going to www.bethematch.org, and signing up. All it takes is a simple cheek swab, and then your DNA will go in a database that will match you with patients.
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