Atypical Multiple Myeloma
Michael Neal's Bio
Michael Thomas Neal, 45, was born at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland as the son of a decorated Marine Corps war hero of the Vietsnam War. He was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland until the age of 12 when his family relocated to the beautiful agricultural community of Walkersville, Maryland. This is where he currently resides with his wife, Kerrie, and his step-daughter Maddelena.
After an extended period of not feeling well and intense medical investigation, Michael was diagnosed with what was thought to be a rare incurable blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma, which accounts for only 1% of all cancer cases annually. According to experts at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, the type of cancer Michael has is generally considered to be a far more complex and aggressive hematologic malignancy than just typical multiple myeloma. The doctors at NIH diagnosed him with IgA lambda atypical CD138 negative, CD20 positive multiple myeloma, and it has also been called atypical plasmactyic/lymphoplasmacytic CD138 negative, CD20 positive multiple myeloma, which is an unusual type of blood cancer that shares characteristics of both lymphoma and myeloma.
Michael will receive treatment in Maryland and New York City. He started induction chemotherapy at John’s Hopkins Hospital in July of 2014, and will receive chemotherapy at Johns Hopkins for 6 – 8 months prior to having an autologous stem-cell transplant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC.
Michael was working as a government contractor supporting programs for the Department of Defense and the intelligence community, but has been unable to work and is currently on disability due to his illness. This has significantly reduced our household income and added to the overwhelming stress of the illness and day-to-day life. In addition, the costs associated with treatment and travel to Baltimore each week has quickly added up. These expenses along with the exorbitant costs of living expenses and medical treatment associated with his upcoming stem-cell transplant while in NYC will put a far greater burden on us financially.
We hope that through the efforts of our family and friends that we can help ease the stress of these financial burdens by raising money to help our family through these difficult times. Thank you for taking the time to read this and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming fundraisers.