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Ryan Larue: Brother of Jerad Larue

In October 2009, Jerad LaRue, a Portales native, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. Aplastic anemia is a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells.

Upon not making new blood cells, the white blood cells turn against the bone marrow, attacking the bone marrow and eventually shutting down the stem cells found in bone marrow. Without any of these cells, your body starts shutting down.

From October through March, Jerad received countless amounts of blood and platelet transfusions on a daily basis. His condition kept him from riding, working or doing any type of recreational activity.

Along with this disease come many side effects and symptoms, one of the worst being a suppressed immune system. Jerad was forced away from eating many normal foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and food handled by anyone outside of his home.

If left untreated, aplastic anemia can lead to a rapid death within six months of prognosis.

When Jerad was diagonosed, our family was informed that if Jerad had waited any longer to seek medical attention, he would have went to sleep and not woken.

This has been a stressful event for our family, especially Jerad, and the recovery period is generally one year. It’s unknown if Jerad will be able to ride again which is his biggest worry.

If you ask Jerad, he says he “will be back on a bike by August.” His fighting attitude is what has brought him through this.

He was admitted to the hospital on March 26 and has gone through chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant. Exactly two months of being in the hospital, Jerad was released from the hospital and is on the road to recovery.

A lot of people have stepped up and prayed and given everything they have to make this possible.

Before the diagnosis, Jerad was working to get his AMA Professional MotoCross license, and qualified for the 2009 Lorreta Lynn National championship in the 450 A Modified and Stock classes, but couldn’t attend because of the disease.

To Jared this is a minor setback, and with his hard-headed ways he will be riding again. Please continue to pray for him and support him, since those are the two things that have kept his head up through this time.