Blythe family thankful for support of community

Published 9:09 am Saturday, November 12, 2011

To the Editor:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank this community and all of the wonderful citizens who have supported us through David Blythe’s illness this year.

He was diagnosed in December with a very rare disease called Amyloidosis. Amyloidosis is not cancer, but is treated much the same way as cancer. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, this disease can cause organ failure.

We were very fortunate in January to meet with a world-renowned doctor, Raymond Comenzo of Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Through months of chemotherapy in Virginia, and most recently a six-week stay in Boston at Tufts Medical for a stem cell transplant, David’s health is much improved and his prognosis is excellent.

Thanks to your support, David has been able to seek the necessary care he needs, especially the trips to Boston.

As the holiday season approaches, we would like to express how thankful we are to all of you who have supported us through fundraisers, donations, cards, food, visits and prayers. A special thanks to our pastor, Randy Wright, and home church, Hunterdale Christian, for all of their prayers and support, as well as all the surrounding churches who have included us on their prayer lists.

We would also like to especially thank the Hunterdale Volunteer Fire Department for all the numerous things you have done and continue to do for us.

As David’s health progresses, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers through this journey. He hopes to be answering the fire calls soon as our ongoing fire chief at Hunterdale Volunteer Fire Department and return to work by mid-2012.

May God bless each and every one of you and may you all have a blessed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.

David, Rachel, Mollie Patricia and Clay Blythe