Gold Angel Jack
In August 2015, for no apparent reason, Jack experienced internal bleeding into his heel, elbow and finger. His parents took him to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where doctors discovered his blood platelet count was 12 – a normal count is between 150 and 400. A bone marrow biopsy revealed Jack had leukemia caused by a very rare gene mutation called RUNX1, a gene only 36 children nationwide have been diagnosed with. After nearly a year of multiple rounds of intensive chemotherapy, then a bone marrow transplant from his father, Jack and his family learned that Jack's leukemia returned.