ALL is the most common type of cancer in children. This type of leukemia causes damage and death by crowding out normal cells in the bone marrow with immature white blood cells, and by spreading to other organs. In children, treatments result in a good chance for a cure. Acute lymphocytic leukemia can also occur in adults, however the chance of a cure is greatly reduced. Mike Popp just turned 30 while getting treatment at Sloan Kettering. He celebrated his birthday bed-ridden and intubated, struggling to breath on his own. Acute lymphocytic leukemia has the ability to be fatal in as little as a few weeks if left untreated.
Mike was diagnosed late and has battled pneumonia twice, each time nearly taking his life. After being hospitalized for nearly three weeks, he has finally started his first round of chemotherapy. He is fighting with all his might to overcome this disease. He appreciates all of the prayers, kind words and support he has received. He knows that without it, the struggle is that much harder.