Justin Solomon and his family are spending yet another Thanksgiving Day in the hospital.
Solomon, a baseball player and 2012 graduate of Piedra Vista, has been battling leukemia and complications from a bone marrow transplant for 16 months.
“We were in the hospital at Texas Children’s last Thanksgiving. We were really looking forward to having a normal Thanksgiving this year, but we will be in-patient again,” said Jennifer Welsh-Solomon, Justin’s mother.
Justin Solomon has already had quite the week. He was air-lifted from Charlotte to Duke University Hospital after suffering complications breathing.
He was intubated for days before being extubated Tuesday.
“We have so much to be thankful for this year, especially after what happened this week,” Jennifer said. “We don’t care where we are, as long as we are together.”
Justin is still in the intensive care unit at Duke and he will be moved to the blood and marrow transplant floor once cleared.
Justin and Jennifer have made routine trips from their new home in Charlotte, N.C., to Durham, N.C., so Justin can undergo treatment at Duke.
The complications Justin has had since his bone marrow transplant, which sent his leukemia into remission, have continued Justin’s need for care.
A new wristband fundraiser has started to help offset to costs the Solomon family has had to pay to help Justin’s fight.
Wristbands come in two styles — orange and white — and cost $5 each. Checks or money orders can be made out to the Justin Solomon Donation Account and can be sent to the Solomon family at 10418 Baskerville. Ave., Charlotte, N.C., 28269.