Axel Zirbes is a cute four-year-old boy with bright eyes and a big smile. He also happens to have no hair on his head. That’s because Axel is being treated for leukemia.
When he was scheduled to start chemotherapy earlier this year, Axel’s parents learned that an essential drug, cytarabine, was in short supply and might not be available for their son.
Understandably, they were thrown into a panic and desperately looked for any available alternatives. They even prepared to take Axel to Canada, where cytarabine is still readily available.
The holidays are a time when we gather with friends and loved ones, celebrating the season and counting our blessings. For those dealing with cancer, this time of year can be filled with treatment sessions, doctor appointments and worry.
Throughout the holidays, in fact all year long, the American Cancer Society offers free information and support to help cancer patients, caregivers and the public stay well and get well.