On 3/27/2021, it was confirmed Rourke has B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-Cell ALL). A spinal tap showed it to be a high risk form (CNS3-ALL) requiring cranial radiation. They are going to treat him aggressively in attempt to hit the cancer hard and fast. This means within the first 9 months or so, Rourke will have an aggressive treatment plan. If all goes according to plan, he will need maintenance treatment for the next 3 years in order to make sure the cancer stays in remission.
As you can imagine, the Wacholz family will incur significant medical expenses on this journey of treating Rourke's leukemia. Rourke will require regular visits to the hospital (1 hour drive- one way), leaving the family with the challenge of what to do with their youngest, Arlo. Both Michael and Chelsey took a Family Medical Leave of Absence for 5 weeks while Rourke was inpatient, they both have since returned to work with intermittent FMLA so they can still get Rourke to his appointments. Grandparents are being as helpful as possible seeing the boys aren't able to attend daycare due to Rourke not having an immune system therefore having no ability to fight off illness.
Any donations made toward his recovery is greatly appreciated! Your generosity will help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses, costs of living and anything else that may come up during Rourke's recovery process. Feel free to follow his journey on CaringBridge.
If you are unable to donate, your thoughts and prayers are appreciated just the same!
The Wacholz family thanks everyone who has reached out to them with love, encouragement and support!