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Middle Village boy Colin Flood dies after fight with leukemia

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Photo courtesy of Bob Holden

After more than two years of a desperate fight against Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, 8-year-old Middle Village resident Colin Flood died on Sunday, according to father Kevin Flood’s Facebook page.

“Heaven received a new angel today,” Kevin wrote on his Facebook page on June 22.

The Middle Village resident was described as athletic and outgoing and many pictures show him in a New York Mets shirt.

He received his first round of chemotherapy in the 2012 Christmas season after Colin experienced fevers, night sweats, aches and pains, The Courier previously reported. Colin was forced to quit the peewee basketball league at his school Our Lady of Hope Catholic School after he began the treatment.

After a successful bone marrow drive in 2012 and a brief victory over the cancer that same year, Colin experienced a resurgence of the disease in 2013.

“It felt like a boulder had fell on us. His life, our lives, our family is once again being ripped apart by this horrible disease. This time his chance for a cure is much lower, and everything is harder, riskier and more difficult. Colin is in a fight for his life, a fight no child should ever be in once, never mind twice,” the family wrote on a charity site shortly after the relapse.

Not long after, in March of this year, the U.S. Coast Guard visited Colin in Juniper Valley Park to treat him to a helicopter visit.

“That is exactly the reason I have faith. What an extraordinary kid…He reminded all of us how precious life,” Barbara Doyle-Sarti wrote on the father’s Facebook page, after hearing the news that Colin died. “God help you Kevin. No one should ever have to bury a child. My prayers to each of you trying to cope with such unfathomable loss.”



Residents “Flood” Our Lady of Hope to help save 6-year-old

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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

The little boy, beaming on the back of the fire engine in his father’s oversized uniform, stole the heart of an entire community.

Over 1,900 people registered to become bone marrow donors at a drive on Saturday, February 18 at Our Lady of Hope Catholic School in Middle Village – an effort stemming from six-year-old Colin Flood’s recent diagnosis of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).

Volunteers came out in droves, dressed in T-shirts reading “Blasting Out Leukemia Trooper Style,” with a picture of a giant robot yielding a ray gun. On the back, in bold letters, it read, “TEAM COLIN.”

Joanne Clarke, a long-time friend of the Flood family, worked the registration table, getting potential donors signed up and instructing them on the process of bone marrow donation. Armed with charts and diagrams, Clarke told a young couple about Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donation – a method where cells are spun out of a donor’s blood and collected before the blood is returned back to the donor.

“Hopefully we can find Colin a donor,” said Clarke. “Hopefully something good comes out of [the drive].”

On the opposite side of the room, potential donors scraped cheek swabs along the inside of their mouths and sealed them in envelopes.

Over the next three to four weeks, DKMS — the non-profit organization that registers potential donors — will test for Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA), contained in human tissue, to see if there is a match. Donors who register with DKMS have the potential to provide life-saving materials to anyone, worldwide.

James Kirkland, a representative from DKMS, bounced around the room, greeting attendees and meeting with other volunteers. He called the experience “mind-boggling.”

“Usually good turnout for a drive is around 150, 200 people,” he said. “This is incredible.”

For those who were not able to attend the bone marrow drive but are still interested in donation, visit www.getswabbed.org. Registration is free and materials are sent from DKMS directly to your home.


Help Save Colin

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While most families celebrated Christmas by exchanging gifts, Kevin and Jennifer Flood spent their holiday surrounded by doctors and discovering that their six-year-old son Colin has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).

Colin, described as an athletic and outgoing kid, experienced fevers, night sweats, aches and pains — symptoms his parents assumed were signs of the seasonal flu — the week before Christmas. He spent the holiday in the hospital, receiving his first round of chemotherapy.

A first-grade student at Our Lady of Hope Catholic School in Middle Village, Colin plays in a peewee basketball league. Forced to give up the game he loves due to his illness, he is confined to the hospital, where he receives constant treatment.

Kevin, a retired firefighter who fought to protect the community during 9/11, is now asking others to assist him in his efforts to save his son, by urging people to get tested to see if they are able to donate bone marrow.

“The hardest thing as a parent is knowing there is nothing I can do to help save my son,” said Kevin. “So please, get swabbed and give Colin a fighting chance.”

DKMS, a non-profit organization that helps determine if people are suitable for bone marrow donation, will hold a registration session at Our Lady of Hope on Saturday, February 18 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Open to those in good health, people between the ages of 18 and 55 can potentially donate to any patient in need of a transplant.

“I hope this [drive] inspires other people to see what they can do,” said DKMS spokesperson James Kirkland. “All it takes is genuine compassion.”

For more information about DKMS, visit www.getswabbed.org.