Yadkin Civitan Club President Cathy Recchio recently presented $800 to the Jacob Shore Medical Fund. He is the son of Scott and April Shore and sister Jenna.
Jacob Shore, of Yadkinville, was born with a rare disease called Diamond Blackfan Anemia. DBA affects only one out of 6 to 7 million people. Born with a hemoglobin of four, Shore was very ill and his life slipping away with pulmonary hypertension and an enlarged heart. After a couple of months in the NICU and four blood transfusions, he was allowed to go home.
Diamond Blackfan patients have bone marrow failure with low red blood cell counts (anemia). The platelets and white blood cells are usually normal. Only three percent of the DBA population also has white cell failure like Shore, therefore; he is neutropenic which means his immune system does not work properly. DBA patients have a moderate risk of developing leukemia and a variety of other problems including growth delay, cardiac defects, etc.
Shore is 3 years old and has had 58 blood transfusions, has an injection every other day to help build his immune system, and takes Jadenu to rid his organs of iron build up from the blood transfusions. His condition has required frequent visits with specialists to check hearing, sight, development, cardiac, hemotology and oncology, etc. He has had two ports installed in his chest to make blood transfusion day and hospital stays easier, two bone marrow biopsies, and has been sedated for two MRI’s to test for iron build up. He has also been admitted to Brenner’s Children’s Hospital multiple times due to a high fever. Shore could possibly have a bone marrow transplant if his iron levels improve and his heart is healthy enough.
His family encourages every healthy individual between the ages of 18 and 55 to go online at deletebloodcancer.org and request a kit to swab for the bone marrow registry. Since DBA is a rare disease, Shore’s specialist is located at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Long Island, New York.
Care for this disease can cause a financial burden on the family so the Shores expressed thanks to the members of Center United Methodist Church, the Yadkinville Civitan Club and all others who have been so generous and helpful to them.