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Winter 2002: 8th issue - **2nd Anniversary**

AN URGENT NEED
F. Levent Duyal
Ronald McDonald House
1907
Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone (281 487 -0983
E-mail: fduyal@yahoo.com

Dear friends:

My name is Levent Duyal.  In June 1998, when my daughter Yaprak was 13 years old, she was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL).  She began treatment in Turkey where we live. Seven months into the treatment plan, doctors found blast cells in her spine and they switched her to high dose chemotherapy.  Things seemed to be getting worse and I could not watch my daughter suffer without trying to find someone or something in this world to help her.  After her condition became more severe, my family and I started to contact hospitals abroad.

When we sent Yaprak's records to doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center, they said they could only diagnose these cells with a special test, which is not available in Turkey. We came to MD Anderson in January 1999, where it was found that test results found no blast cells. We stayed in the U.S. for one year until Yaprak finished her treatment and the cancer was in remission.

During this emotionally difficult time, we focused on the health of Yaprak and did whatever it took to provide her with the appropriate medication.  We do not have any medical insurance, so we sold our home and car to pay for health care.  My parents and in-laws also sold their homes to help pay for medical costs and for our long stay in the U.S. I have taken out bank loans, and our friends have raised funds and made generous donations to help cover the cost of medicine at MD Anderson.  Yaprak's mom and I, of course, could not work while we were outside of Turkey for 20 months.

In the year 2000, we went back to Turkey and returned in November of the same year for medication and a check-up. Yaprak was doing fine and we went back to Turkey very happy.

In August 2001, during Yaprak's monthly check-up in Turkey, doctors found that the leukemia had returned. They said that she needed a bone marrow transplant.

At this time, we have absolutely no resources left to handle the financial requirements of such a procedure in the U.S.  Yet bone marrow transplant is very risky in Turkey, and we do not have a donor bank.  The only way is to find out if my daughter, Yaprak's only sibling, is a match.

Once again we returned to MD Anderson to deal with things one step at a time.  Doctors began to give Yaprak chemotherapy to get the cancer in remission, so that she may be ready for a bone marrow transplant.  Our concern is that we have run out of money and resources and the ability to borrow from anywhere else.  Our friends continue to try to raise funds but have also been worried by the expensive cost of transplants, which is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The average salary in Turkey is around $500 a month!

Our family is having an extremely difficult time financially, dealing with unemployment, lack of insurance, and staggering medical bills.  We are really desperate and need immediate help.

The only thing more devastating than having a child with cancer, it is not being able to provide what she needs to live.  Yaprak  has been through so much and has done so well until now.  We are appealing to anyone who can help us raise funds for a bone marrow transplant.

I would be more than happy to speak to anyone that feels they can help Yaprak.  My contact information is written above.

Thank you,
F.Levent Duyal
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This issue is dedicated to such distinguished poet & composer as (alphabetical order):
Nazim HIKMET & Ilhan MIMAROGLU
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