Just days before Christmas Charles slipped and fell while doing his job as a United States Postal Worker. Charles was taken to the ER in Silverdale, where a brain bleed was discovered. In drawing his blood the doctors discovered signs of leukemia, like extremely high white blood cells counts and dangerously low platelet levels. It was so serious that Charles was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for an immediate blood transfusion. Nine days later, on Dec. 30, acute leukemia was confirmed by the cancer center in Silverdale and he was sent to the University of Washington Medical Center. He was given further blood tranfusions and medication, and on Jan. 1 told he has B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He began chemotherapy on Jan. 3.