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Nothing could be more devastating to a parent than learning your child is seriously ill. Just ask Anne Hribar.In September 2001, Anne noticed that her 15-month-old son, T.J., was not as energetic as usual and his personality seemed subdued. A visit to the doctor, accompanied with blood count tests, confirmed her worst fears – T.J. was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood leukemia.TJ 09-2011 resize2

In September 2001, Anne noticed that her 15-month-old son, T.J., was not as energetic as usual and his personality seemed subdued. A visit to the doctor, accompanied with blood count tests, confirmed her worst fears – T.J. was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood leukemia.
T.J. was rushed to Phoenix Children’s Hospital to begin treatment.  His low red blood cell and low platelet counts called for immediate transfusions. Fortunately for T.J., the outpouring of blood donations given in honor of the victims of September 11 ensured that the transfusions T.J. needed to begin his fight against leukemia were readily available.

For more than three years and three months, T.J. had monthly chemotherapy treatments and seven total transfusions. He completed his last chemotherapy session in December 2004. The doctors say he is in remission now and his long-term prognosis is excellent.

“I am so grateful to all the people who took time to donate blood following the tragedy in New York,” Anne says. “Those donors helped to save my son’s life.”

Now active in baseball and cross country , T.J. lives in Scottsdale with his parents, older brother, Mikhael and younger sister, Rebekah.