Dutch Bros. Coffee donating all proceeds to leukemia treatment for nine-year-old girl
On Friday, Mar. 8, Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Boise and Garden City will donate all proceeds toward helping nine-year-old Avrey Walker’s family cover the cost of an experimental, potentially life-saving leukemia treatment.
Niece to Boise Dutch Bros. owners Libby and Brian Wight, Avrey is suffering her third bout with the deadly disease.
After seeing Avrey go through five hard years of chemotherapy, parents Aaron and Christal Walker decided to try this experimental treatment that has only been tried on five other patients previously.
However, because the procedure is still in phase one clinical trials, insurance will not cover it, and it will cost the family approximately $300K.
“You just want your kid to survive,” says dad Aaron. “Money is no object. This treatment is the biggest medical break-through in cancer history right now,” he says, with hope, also advising that several patients who received this treatment were cured.
At the end of January 2013, Avrey underwent the first stage of the procedure in Philadelphia. Doctors collected Avrey’s own T cells and will reengineer them by infecting them with a disabled HIV virus that can’t cause disease anymore but will reprogram the immune system to attack leukemia cells.
Dad Aaron says the family just found out last week that Avrey has been approved for the second phase of the treatment, which will take place at the end of March.
Avrey was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2007, at just four years old.
“Avrey’s been fighting this over half her life, and we’re ready to have her healthy — that’s for sure,” says Aaron.
If you can’t make it by a Dutch Bros. on the 8th, you can also support the Walker family by going to any Wells Fargo bank, Sterling Bank, or Online at http://bit.ly/WZ28I2. There are currently five Ducth Bros. locations throughout Boise and one in Garden City.
photo: courtesy (dutchbros.com)