Following Culture Day there’s been a lot written about families working together here at Holman, though here’s one you might not know about: Linda Lyon from Pompano Ford-Lincoln is a 28-year employee, and her daughter Kayla Gibson, and son-in-law Hamilton Goulart Cubel Goncalves — Kayla’s husband — work at Lauderdale BMW. This particular Holman family, though, is currently locked in a traumatic struggle with Linda’s cancer.
In 2010, Linda became a victim of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), an aggressive blood cancer that required immediate and powerful chemotherapy to stop its progress. The treatment put her cancer into remission for seven years, but last September Linda was diagnosed with MDS, a rare blood disorder known as “bone marrow failure” syndrome, and likely the result of that earlier chemotherapy. The disease is destroying her healthy blood cells, resulting in weekly blood and platelet transfusions.
At this point in her struggle, Linda’s only chance to live will be a bone marrow transplant, but her health has been frail: the disease created a rapid, 35-pound weight loss and a constant battle with pneumonia. Doctors have also removed all of Linda’s teeth, which can harbor infections that would be life threatening in her diminished state.
Doctors feel they have possibly located a bone marrow donor, but the constant treatment and hospital trips of the past ten months has left the family struggling to pay medical bills, particularly with Linda out of work since her relapse. Kayla’s sister Samantha says that one of the drugs in Linda’s treatment regime costs $7,000 per bottle.
If you would like to help the family, Samantha has created a crowdfunding page HERE. She also says,
If money donation’s aren’t in your budget, you could always go to BETHEMATCH.ORG and register to be a Bone Marrow Transplant Donor! You could possibly save a life, just like the donor who is willing to save our mother’s.