Myelodysplastic syndrome ("MDS") is a relatively rare blood disorder which is most often diagnosed in people between the ages of 60 and 75. The disease is sometimes referred to as "smoldering leukemia" and is characterized by abnormal counts of red and white blood cells and platelets, fatigue, increased risk of infection, and susceptibility to bleeding or bruising. The treatment and prognosis varies by patient, depending on the form of the patient's MDS.
My Dad, Charlie Sellman, was recently diagnosed with a progressive form of MDS called refractory anemia with excess blasts. He is undergoing treatment administered by experts in the field, and despite the rigors of the disease and side effects of therapy, he remains focused on his family and goal to play golf in Naples this Fall.
I am raising funds to support the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families affected by MDS, and advancing research and education into this terrible disease. I am raising funds in support of my Dad and other families impacted by MDS, but also for myself - to make something positive out of the disruption my Dad's diagnosis has caused. I ask that you please consider helping me, and I thank you on behalf of myself and my family with all my heart.