Earlier this year, The City Harmonic's original bass player Eric Fusilier was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, an aggressive form of Leukemia that is fortunately treatable. Eric had a quick recovery, however a relapse soon followed around Easter. The bandmates and family members have requested for prayers through their Facebook and twitter accounts.
Eric is currently residing at his home with his wife, Laura. They are praying for a second remission, in order to get a stem-cell transplant.
Here is the latest message from Eric's father on Facebook:
Eric remains at home with his wife, Laura. He's experiencing what survivors call "chemobrain" in which any stimulation is irritating. He sleeps twelve hours at a stretch and drowses the rest of the time. Those who know Eric at all, as the ultimate Social Animal, realize the profound impact of the chemo. I haven't been able to talk to him for ten days, though he has begun to tell Laura that he may be able to take visitors again soon.
He's halfway through a second attempt to achieve remission, the first having succeeded for a month, followed by recurrence. If he can be pushed into remission a second time, then he can receive a stem-cell transplant. He has avoided infection this time; his blood work produces all normal numbers.
Remission would be followed with killing his own bone marrow to stop producing all cells including cancer cells, then a stem-cell transplant.
His three siblings are the most likely to have a close enough match to be donors, about 25% chance each. They are being tested next week for compatibility. If none of them qualify, then the docs will look to a global donor database. When we get to that point, I'll post an appeal to sign up as stem-cell donors, something that would benefit all those needing transplants. I'll need more precise instructions from the hospital before I can describe that.
June is the target time for the transplant, so we are praying that the Lord will indeed move him into remission, provide a suitable donor, then keep him alive through the transplant and recovery process.
As a friend said to me, "this is a marathon, not a sprint, with hills."
Thanks for praying with us for the life of our son.
Many fans around the world have sent words of encouragement to Eric and the family.
"My husband and I were just wondering how he is doing... We were thinking of him while your music was playing... We truly hope he gets better very soon."
"prayers being sent to Eric-having gone through chemo myself I understand all to well chemofog and it's effects-thank you for posting the update-he is under the Lord's guidance and I pray for remission"
"Praying for the entire family! Reposting so that more people can pray! Thanks for the update."
The City Harmonic continues to update their fans on Eric's condition via their Twitter account @TheCityHarmonic.
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