OAKLAND, Calif. – Just when things were looking up for journalist Kevin Weston -- he had just been offered a prestigious Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University and he and his partner, Lateefah Simon, had less than a year earlier become parents of a baby girl – last August, he was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of blood cancer. The disease had compromised his immune system and became compounded by an infection to his throat.
Doctors gave Weston, 44, two weeks to live.
Since being diagnosed, Weston has endured a month-long stay in the ICU, five emergency surgeries and multiple hospitalizations. Some time during his ICU stay, he married Simon, a nationally recognized civil rights leader.
Weston is now back home, but still in medical treatment. The radiation and chemotherapy treatment he is undergoing is helping him some, but he needs a bone marrow transplant in order to survive, and he needs it within two months. [Bone marrow produces blood cells.]