Compassion In Action was created to raise funds to support patients and families battling blood disorder cancers and/or awaiting a bone marrow transplant with financial assistance for additional expenses associated with their illness. Working with the Avera McKennan Foundation in Sioux Falls, SD, two families affected by Leukemia created this fund as a way to give back and to provide others an avenue to help those in need.
In August 2009, Rodney Lamfers was diagnosed with AML and MDS and began treatment for the diseases. After various chemo treatments Rodney received a stem cell transplant on December 16, 2009. His donor came from the National Marrow Donor Program. The support Rodney and his family received from friends, family, and complete strangers was overwhelming. Rodney and his wife Kerry believe that this is just one way they can give back to others in similar situations. You can read about their journey on CaringBridge or currently follow their family at ourtimesareingodshands.blogspot.com. Rodney had one year of remission. He experienced a relapse in January 2011. Rodney went home to heaven on July 15, 2011.
In 1999 Alvin Plucker from Chancellor, SD was diagnosed with MDS (a pre-leukemic blood disorder). At the time of his diagnosis, aggressive treatment was not an option due to other underlying conditions. He passed away 10 months later, October 1999. During his illness, his wife and family came to realize how a disease such as this could profoundly affect their lives. In honor of Alvin, the Plucker family would like to help others battling similar situations.