Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Update on Marcia Williams

Here is an update on Marcia Williams situation, courtesy of Steven Goff, the Soccer Insider:

MLS veteran forward Andy Williams and Real Salt Lake are reaching out to the American soccer community in hope of helping his wife Marcia, who has a rare form of leukemia and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. The next 45 to 60 days will be crucial, a club spokesman said. Two drives will be held in Salt Lake City over the next week and possibly others in Florida in an effort to find a potential donor.

If you think you can help, no matter where you live, please contact RSL executive Trey Fitz-Gerald at

For an update on his wife's status, read Andy's comments in the continuation of this thread.....

"Just wanted let you know where things are at the moment. Last week was super hard for us. We found out that Marcia's blood results were the lowest that has ever been. Another result we found out is that she has also developed an abnormal chromosome in the blood. This abnormality essentially means that she most likely won't be cured by chemotherapy alone. Usually people with this extra chromosome tend not to do well with the chemo treatment by itself. So the options that we do have now is first and foremost a bone marrow transplant, which we still haven't found a suitable match yet. This leaves us with the option of a cord blood transplant which is a lot more riskier than the first option. The reason for this is that after the cord blood transplant the stem cells take much longer to graft to its host, leaving the room for deadly infections during this time. Another problem is that cord blood is still a fairly new procedure and it's mostly used on children rather adults being that the cord blood is so small. The final hurdle for us is that our doctor here has not done this procedure on any adult and would like us to be his first. Which I assure you it is not very comforting at this point. As the week goes on, I will update you more on our decision but as usual we ask you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers."