Update on Sal

Sorry we haven’t updated the blog lately, we have been busy with Relay for Life and Blood and Bone marrow drives the past couple of months. I know everyone wants to know what is going on. As of right now I am currently still in remission. Of course I have to go and get my blood work done the first of July and I always hold my breath on those days. But as of right now I feel fine and continue to live my life. I can’t let leukemia (cancer) dictate what I am going to do. Recently we met a few more people that have the same subtype of Leukemia that I have and we have shared our stories of what we have gone through and what we continue to go through. It is always encouraging when you meet other people that have gone through similar events. We wish them all the best. We had a good turnout for Relay for Life. Team Sal raised over $5,200 for the American Cancer Society. There is a smaller event that you can bring your dogs to called Bark for Life. Team Sal has a team already so if you would like to join us let us know. It is a small relay that you can register your pets and the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is an organization that helps patients and caregivers with all types of cancers.
We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that came out to support Team Sal and Relay for Life. I would like to thank everyone with their continued support. As always remember we are still in the fight!

Blood Drive and Marrow Screening

This Saturday, April 12, 2014 Lifestream will be holding a blood drive and marrow screening at the Perris Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, 22905 Alviso Road, Perris, CA. 2-7 pm in the bloodmobile.

Please contact Pam Johnson at cheerful273@yahoo.com to schedule an appointment to donate blood.

For every lifesaving donation, participants receive:

  • A Jack in the Box coupon (while supplies last)
  • Free cholesterol screening
  • Points that may be redeemed for items through LifeStream’s online donor store at LStream.org

To register as a bone marrow donor, you must be between 18-44 years old.  If you have any questions, please let us know.


December 11, 2013

So our house is decorated and ready for Christmas, but it wouldn’t be an Aguirre holiday or event without something going wrong. Sal hit his shin with the ladder and got a huge bump and cut on it, but it is healing….so we know his platelets are good Next time he wants to check his platelets, he needs to wait for his blood work! Talking about blood work, we got the results and he is still in remission! We continue to pray for a bone marrow donor, but as of right now he is still in remission and doesn’t need one.
Message from Sal:
I want to remind everyone despite how I look and that the fact I am in remission I still have leukemia. I can’t stress to everyone how important it is for those that have not registered as a bone marrow donor to register. If you know someone that is between the ages of 18-44 encourage them to sign up as donors. They may not be a match for me, but they may be a match for someone else that is trying to survive. www.bethematch.orgRemember, we also have the Relay for Life coming up and we would love to see everyone there to support all of the cancer survivors and their loved ones.

Monday October 14, 2013

On Monday, Sal had a follow up with his doctor. He said his numbers look good and he is still in remission. He did ask if we had heard from the transplant coordinator. We told him that they still have not found a donor match for Sal.

The doctor stated that if the cancer comes back within the next two months he would have to give Sal a different course of chemotherapy because it is within a year of his last consolidation.  However, if it is after the year, he would be able to do the same regiment that he gave him to put him in remission.  The doctor said that no matter what kind of chemo you get, they are all strong.  There is no hard and fast answer with cancer.  He said that when it comes back Sal will know and it will be within weeks that it will spread.  Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a type of Leukemia that is very aggressive, so this is why Sal continues to go each month to get blood work done.

We can not stress enough how important it is to find a match. If you haven’t already, please go to the bethematch.org website and order your kit to sign up as a bone marrow donor or join us on Oct 27th at Menifee Roadhouse. The kit is simple, 4 q-tips that you swab the inside of your mouth and a few questions that you have to answer.

As of right now, Sal is doing fine. He is a little on the heavy side, but he is hoping to fix that….I guess that means we can’t eat out all of the time :(

We have some events with Relay for Life coming up and we would love everyone to join our team and help us fight cancer! If you can’t join our team, please consider donating to help us reach our team’s goal of $15,000! If you have any questions, please let us know!!! All of the money raised for the Relay for Life goes to the American Cancer Society which helps support cancer patients, caregivers, and trying to find a cure for all types of cancer.http://main.acsevents.org/goto/TeamSalMenifee

Relay for Life

Today is the last day to take advantage of the early bird special….only $5.00 to join this year’s Team Sal Relay for Life which will be held May 17th, 2014.  Use “relay” for the discount code.

We already have 27 new members!!  Let’s keep them coming!!! Go to Team Sal Relay for Life and sign up today!

If you have never been to a Relay for Life, you will be so surprised at how inspirational they are!  Last year we had people from all over the USA to join us and they are planning on coming again this year!

So make sure you sign up today…..if you want to start your own team, this is the perfect time!  You have plenty of time to fundraise and build your own team!

September 2, 2013

Wow!  Another month has gone by….this week Sal will be going in to get his monthly blood work done. Each month he goes to make sure the leukemia hasn’t come back and each month we pray that it isn’t there!

September is blood cancer and childhood cancer awareness month.  Please help us share this by posting on your facebook, twitter, or instagram.

According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society:

Leukemia is the tenth most frequently occuring type of cancer in all races and ethnicities.

From 2003 to 2009 the five year relative survival rates overall were:

  • ALL (Acute Lymphoma Leukemia) 68.8%
  • CLL (Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia) 83.%
  • AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) 24.9%
  • CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) 58.6%

Survival for Children from 2003 to 2009, the five year relative survival rates for children were:

ALL (Acute Lymphoma Leukemia) 91.7% for children and adolescents younger than 15 years, and 92.6% for children younger than 5 years.

AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) 64.8% for children and adolescents younger than 15 years.

We need to find a cure!!! If people are not aware of how deadly blood cancers and childhood cancers are they will not know that we need their help and they will not know how they can help!  Make people aware of the risks and help spread the word.

Please donate to the American Cancer Society, you can still donate to our Team Sal Relay for Life Team.  I am not sure how much longer, but here is the website link : http://main.acsevents.org/goto/TeamSalAguirre

The American Cancer Society helps all types of cancers. This is why we fundraise for this group.  We want to help find a cure for all cancers!  Not just leukemia.  We have lost so many loved ones to this horrible disease and we want to help!  You can help by joining next year’s Relay for Life team.  We will post as soon as we are able to add members.


Happy Father’s Day!

It is hard to believe a year ago today, that we didn’t know if I would have another Father’s Day.  Every holiday that comes up is very special to us and we treat it as though it may be our last.  We are grateful to our friends, family and supporters that have been with us through this bumpy ride.  There are so many fathers that are not here today, but there are so many fathers that are and I can say that I am one of those.  Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there and may we have many more days together like today.

Relay for Life

On April 27th, 2013, the Menifee Relay for Life was introduced to Team Sal with almost 90 team members out of the 538 participants at the entire event.  We were the largest team at the Relay and in second place out of 23 teams for the most money raised….next year we will raise more!  We raised $9,907.50!  Almost $10,000!!! What a great beginning for Team Sal!

The money was raised for the American Cancer Society to help fund research, programs such as the Hope Lodge and Road to Recovery that helps cancer patients that need transportation to and from treatments.  Every dollar raised helps us come closer to finding a cure!

Cancer has affected millions and will continue if we don’t do something!  Participating in a Relay for Life is just one way you can help.  If you haven’t been to a Relay for Life, it is an experience that will change your perspective on cancer patients and their families.  Cancer is not cured over night.  There are cancer patients that fight for years, some win and unfortunately some do not.  This is why we need to do everything we can to help win this battle.  Cancer does not care about your age, ethnicity, sex, education, or financial status.  Anyone can get it!

Our daughter’s classmate asked, “Is there a cancer that is worse than other cancers or what kills you faster?” All cancers can be deadly, granted there are cancers that can be “cured” with a chemo pill or radiation treatment, but did you know that years later that the cancer can come back in your body somewhere else.  A cancer patient has to live their lives every day, every week, every year wondering if it has returned.  This is why a cancer patient has to stay positive and enjoy life! This is also why we need to find what causes cancer and create a cure that will prevent all cancers!

If you would like to donate to the American Cancer Society, please go to Team Sal Menifee Relay for Life.  All funds are tax deductible and go directly to the American Cancer Society.



Menifee Relay for Life Team Sal

This is our first year as a team and we plan on having Team Sal every year.  Our family has participated at the Menifee Relay over the past several years, however, last year Sal was diagnosed with Acute Monocytic Leukemia about a week before the Relay.  Sal was in the hospital on and off for over 7 months, during this time we would discuss what we were going to do during the next Relay?..well the time has come and we have created our own team.  Our goal was to create a team with all of our friends to help celebrate the life of Sal and many others like him.  He has been in remission since July and he continues to fight cancer.  With the help of our friends and family we want to show cancer that Team Sal isn’t going to give up!

At Relay For Life, our team will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.Our team is doing our part in the fight against cancer.

By joining Team Sal you show Sal and others like him that he has support in this terrifying fight!  We know that not everyone can join us during the actual event, however you can show your support by donating.  Please join our team or make a donation, because saving lives starts one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time.


Chipotle Fundraiser for Team Sal Menifee Relay for Life

Please join us next Thursday at Chipotle in Menifee.  Our friend Jennifer Mull has setup a fundraiser to help raise funds for the Relay for Life!

Please help us raise money for Team Sal by joining us Thursday March 28th between 4-9pm.  Please make sure you print out the flyer, which you can find on our facebook page.  If you have any problems, please let us know and we can email a copy of the flyer to you.  Click here to view the flyer.