Update #28: Video from Joe
Posted Aug 9, 2021 by Gina Arias
Joe made a video for you. You can access it on Youtube.
Cut and paste the link below to view.
Posted Jul 9, 2021 by Gina Arias
Joe got results from biopsy today. Doctors were hoping for 80% transplant acceptance from donor but Joe has 100%!! No cancer was found in bone marrow! They will perform another biopsy at 100 day marker and he will continue to be on immunosuppressant therapy treatment.
Thank God for answering our collective prayers we are overwhelmed with gratitude and joy. Please keep the prayers coming as Joe continues to deal with side effects.
I'll keep you all updated! Love you all❤️🙏🏽
Posted Jun 26, 2021 by Gina Arias
Joe was discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon and we are all situated in hotel. Today he had his first outpatient appointment and his levels look great! He is still battling fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and lack of appetite (all expected and normal). Please continue to pray for strength (body, mind &spirit) as he navigates through this stage of transplant treatment. The first 100 days are the most critical, Joe is on day 21! God has been faithful in providing everything we've needed thus far and continues to show us He is with us every step of the way!
We are very blessed. We feel fortunate to have a strong support system, prayerful, loving, thoughtful friends and family who continue to amaze us! Those of you who took time out of your day, traveled to donate blood and or platelets, we are forever grateful! Joe and I love you all and thank you !!❤️🙏🏽
Posted Jun 20, 2021 by Gina Arias
Happy Fathers Day Family❤️
We wanted to let you all know Joe is doing good. All his blood work is showing improvement. Doctors say if his levels continue to improve that he could be discharged as early as next week. Please pray that he will have strength to do everything he needs to do (eating and walking) to come home.
Blood Donations are still needed. His treatment will still continue for months.
Have a blessed day and thank you for all the love and prayers 🙏🏽❤️.
Blood Donations Update
Posted Jun 12, 2021 by Gina Arias
If you would like to donate blood for Joe, he is O+ and can accept blood and platelets from anyone who is either O+ or O-.
To donate you would have to make an appointment and drive up to the city of Hope blood donation center located at 1500 E Duarte Rd, Duarte, CA 91010. To make an appointment you can visit their website here:
If you are able to go, when you arrive to an appointment you will need to say that you are donating for a specific patient and give them his full name and birthdate which is available from me via email if you choose to make an appointment. (At email@example.com).
He will be needing platelets throughout his stay at the city of hope due to the nature of his transplant. Platelets unlike blood can only be stored for up to five days, whereas blood can be stored for over a month. He will need platelet donations to be spread out for the next few weeks. There is a calendar link before. to a calendar where you can put your name down for platelets so there won't be too many people donating in the same week. Please cut and paste the following link in a browser.
There are more appointments available on days where they have blood drives, and those dates are here:
Tuesday, June 15 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 17 | 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, June 23 | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, June 25 | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Update #24 Blood Donations Needed
Posted Jun 11, 2021 by Gina Arias
**Attention type O blood types**
We don’t have all the details yet, but Joe is in need of blood donations and there is a shortage of type O. You may need to travel to Los Angeles City of Hope Hospital to donate- not sure of the details yet. I just wanted to prep you if you were open to donating. More information to come.
Update #24 Prayers Needed
Posted Jun 9, 2021 by Gina Arias
Prayer request for Joe.
Please pray for Joe. He is not doing so good and is having some tests done to isolate the reasons. Again, he is hospitalized, just received a bone marrow transplant, and is immunocompromised.
He is alone, hurting, sick, worn down, and in need of your prayers.
Please ask God for strength, patience, hope, and healing.
Prayers for his wife and kids are also appreciated.
Thank you so much!
Posted Jun 4, 2021 by Gina Arias
Transplant procedure went good. No major side effects or reactions. Doctors said in 7 days they should start to see signs of acceptance or rejection. He is in great spirits and we are thankful for all your prayers. ❤️🙏🏽
Posted Jun 3, 2021 by Gina Arias
Thank you all for your prayers!
After a week of chemo and admission Joe is all settled in. He is doing ok with mild side effects ( fatigue and loss of appetite).
Please continue to keep Joe in prayer. Doctor’s confirmed today that his transplant will happen tomorrow (June 4) from 10-2.
Thank you for your prayers and support,
Posted May 13, 2021 by Gina Arias
Joe has completed his radiation treatment! WooHoooo!! Thank you for all your prayers. He is one step closer to transplant process. Next step is 5 day chemotherapy treatment beginning on Thursday, May 20 to prepare his body for transplant. Please pray for his body, mind and spirit as he goes through chemo. Pray for donor to be flexible and committed to process. Continued prayers for increased faith and hope. God had guided and provided in every circumstance. We thank you all for supporting, loving and praying for us through this difficult process.
The Odom Family ❤️
Posted Apr 25, 2021 by Gina Arias
Thank you for your prayers,
God is Faithful ❤️!! He has given us strength and patience through this last major trial . Joe’s headaches have subsided and he hasn’t needed any pain medication for almost a week. Each day he feels a little stronger and is able to do a little more.
Next, we head out to the City of Hope to begin Joe’s radiation treatment. Please pray for Joe and our family, that Joe’s body would respond well and side effects would be minimal. Along with continued strength for his body,mind and heart. We appreciate and love you all❤️🙏🏽
Keep you posted!
Posted Apr 14, 2021 by Gina Arias
So.... thank you for all your prayers and support. Our family is so grateful. Wanted to let you all know Joe is doing better each day. His pain level is significantly lower and his Blood Pressure is coming down too. He had an appointment yesterday with Neurologist and everything looks good. Incisions are normal, no infection. City of Hope contacted us and they want to see him this Friday to assess his condition and to figure out how to proceed with transplant. Please pray for Joe's condition to travel, Doctors wisdom on how to move forward and Donor to be flexible. Along with all the usuals like strength, faith and hope 😬 I'll keep you all posted and thanks again for holding us up through prayer 🙏 ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
Urgent Prayer Request!
Posted Mar 29, 2021 by Gina Arias
Urgent prayer requests please! Joe needs surgery to drain blood around brain. As you can imagine there are many risks. Surgery is scheduled for 5pm tomorrow. Your prayers are appreciated ♥️🙏
Posted Mar 28, 2021 by Gina Arias
I wanted to let you know that Joe has to start radiation treatment everyday starting Tuesday. So we will be staying in LA all week only coming home on weekends for almost 3 weeks. Also, his transplant got pushed back to begin on May 3rd. A lot of changes going on because of availability and access. So we have to be flexible 😬
Please keep him in prayer 🙏 he’s been battling an ongoing migraine headache. (Please pray for this!) Our time in LA is very restricted and we both will need your prayers to have strength (body,mind and Spirit) and Hope to make it through. Thank you for all of your prayers, love and support.
♥️ The Odom’s
Posted Mar 10, 2021 by Gina Arias
Good news, They found Joe a donor! Woohoo! Thank you for all the prayers and support over the last four months! God has opened doors and given Joe favor with so many nurses, staff and doctors.
This Friday we have an appointment at the City of Hope for preliminary testing. Tentative transplant set for early April. Please continue to pray. Prayer for minimal side effects , continued strength, faith and hope. Also, prayer for donor and all their testing to go well. We love and appreciate you all.
Posted Mar 3, 2021 by Gina Arias
Joe started Round 5 of 8 today and should be able to come home by Sunday. Lord willing. Although chemotherapy has been a grueling experience, Joe and I are hopeful and very appreciative for all your prayers, love and support. Please continue to pray for a 100% match bone marrow donor, for strength, for faith and for hope. Love you all. Thank you!
Posted Feb 15, 2021 by Gina Arias
Joe is home from the hospital! 🙌🏽
Round 5 of chemo treatment is postponed for two weeks.
While hospitalized, the doctors discovered he had a bacterial infection in his blood. This bacteria caused sores resembling shingles, fever, and cold/flu like symptoms. Thankfully, he’s feeling a lot better and he is SO happy to be home. Thank you for the love and prayers. We couldnt get through this without it❤️😘🙏
Posted Feb 8, 2021 by Gina Arias
This is a prayer request, for those of you who pray.
Please pray for Joe and his family. It has been very difficult as of late. Pain, sorrow, discouragement, and bleakness overwhelms. Joe is currently hospitalized with some difficulties. PLEASE PRAY.
The family is still praying and hoping for the best. But, there are moments when they just need some extra prayer.
Posted Jan 16, 2021 by Gina Arias
Hi Family and Friends,
We wanted to let you know we appreciate your continued support and prayers. We received results from the second bone marrow biopsy and there is zero cancer in his bone marrow! That means the transplant is a go and they are actively pursuing possible donors. Meanwhile, he will continue the 8 courses of chemotherapy treatment. Round 4 begins January 27th, with 5-11 days in hospital.
He’s home resting and relaxing, taking things day by day. Joe says he is looking forward to turning 50 on Thursday!
Please continue to pray, pray for a donor match and continued faith, strength and hope. We thank God for his divine favor and we are thankful for all of you.
Much love to you and yours,
The Odom Family ❤️🙏
Meal Calendar Updated
Posted Jan 13, 2021 by Gina Arias
If you’d like to donate a meal to Joe and his family, dates to sign up have been added into February.
Thank you again for all of your support, love, and prayers.
Posted Jan 9, 2021 by Gina Arias
Thank you for all the monetary donations, meals provided and delivered daily, prayers and all the love every one has shown our family during this difficult time. We are so grateful for each of you and pray God blesses you and yours 100 fold.
Joe continues treatment and is hopeful to be matched with a bone marrow donor soon for anticipated transplant. Please continue to pray for faith, strength and hope as we venture through this cancer fight!
Much love and gratitude,
The Odom Family ❤️🙏
Please cut and paste the link to watch a video:
Thank you Firefighters! Our heroes 🦸♂️ 👨🏿🚒
Posted Dec 30, 2020 by Gina Arias
At the transplant consultation, we found out that 1/3 of Joe’s bone marrow has leukemia and the only option is transplant. He has to be in remission before they can proceed. After being in remission, he hopefully will be matched and then will go through a series of tests in preparation for transplant. He will have to be in hospital for 1 month and once released has to come twice a week for checkups because he will be on strong immunosuppressant meds. That lasts for two months then dwindling down to once a week, once a month and so on. All of this happening at The City of Hope Hospital and Kaiser, Los Angeles.
No one can donate bone marrow except boys and expect to be a match. If someone wants to donate to the mass registry that is great!
We left exhausted and overwhelmed with information. We’re going to do our research and decide what is best. Meanwhile, he has second bone marrow biopsy today. He’s really tired. He was discharged from hospital only to pursue more appointments and hasn’t had time to rest.
Thank you for prayers.❤️🙏❤️
We will keep you updated as we learn more.
Posted Dec 28, 2020 by Gina Arias
Joe’s home and ready for transplant appointment tomorrow morning. Thanks for all your prayers 🙏❤️
Joe Update #9
Posted Dec 27, 2020 by Gina Arias
Hope you had a Merry Christmas 🎄 here's the latest on Joe.
He is still in hospital. He tested positive for C Diff which is a side effect of being on antibiotics. Causes diarrhea, fever and nausea. They started him on a new antibiotic and are treating the C Diff. No fever 👍 WBC is up from 0 to 3 👍 platelets after transfusion are up to 57 so he is able to get back on blood thinners for blood clots found near pic line. Yay!
IF his bloodwork is better tomorrow they will consider discharging him. His transplant appointment is Tuesday in LA. As hopeful as we are to make that appointment we want him to be where he is most safe and healthy. God knows❤️ much love to you and Thank you for your Prayers 🙏❤️
Joe Update #8
Posted Dec 17, 2020 by Gina Arias
Joe's second hospital stay is over. He's home and happy. We just had our delicious dinner.
Round 2 is half way complete. He still has the outpatient portion. He has appointments everyday. Keep him in prayer as they found blood clots near his pic line which is causing his arm to swell. They put him on blood thinners so hopefully the clots will go away.
Thank you for all the prayers, love and support. 🙏❤️
Update #7: Video From Joe
Posted Dec 11, 2020 by Gina Arias
Please select and copy the link below, then paste into a web browser to view a video message from the man himself, Joe Odom.
Posted Dec 10, 2020 by Gina Arias
Update from the Odom Family:
Joe has been going to hospital every few days to do blood work and change his IV dressing. One of his tests was positive for a Philadelphia Chromosome. The doctor explained how this progresses his Cancer. She mentioned that he is now being matched up to Bone marrow donors for transplant: His first appointment is the 29th at the City of Hope Hospital. Because of this chromosome, she started him on an oral chemotherapy medication and that has him exhausted and weak. He's been sleeping a lot and says he is having a lot of muscle and joint pain.
He gets admitted to hospital Monday for round 2 which should be 5-7 days in hospital and then he will have outpatient treatment with another lumbar chemo and bone marrow biopsy at the end.
Thank you for all the prayers 🙏❤️
Please continue to pray.
Joe Update #5
Posted Dec 2, 2020 by Gina Arias
Hello and thank you again for your prayers, love, food and support,
Currently, Joe is going through aggressive chemotherapy. This has been very difficult. He has experienced weakness, nausea, and has wanted to talk very little. Joe is nearly done with his first round of chemo, but he is due back for another round on Dec. 21. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. They are missing Joe and are unable to see him because of COVID restrictions.
Testing has confirmed that he indeed does have A.L.L. (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia). He will likely be placed on a transplant list. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
We know that it will be a very difficult road for Joe and his family as he fights this terrible disease to a full recovery. But, we have hope!
Psalms 9:10 - And they that know your name will put their trust in you: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Psalms 28:7 - The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise him.
Please remember Joe in your prayers. Thank you again.
Joe Update #4 : Thankful
Posted Nov 26, 2020 by Gina Arias
Joe was BLESSED by his Fire family the day before going to the hospital (Sunday). Fire trucks and people lined the street and he was overwhelmed by this show of love. His Fire Family came out and prayed for him, outside of his house, socially distanced and safe.
God truly comforted him as people prayed and sang outside. Joe was in the house, praying along and crying in thanksgiving to the Lord.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ." -Philippians 4:6-7
Posted Nov 26, 2020 by Gina Arias
Joe Update #3
Posted Nov 26, 2020 by Gina Arias
Joe is in the hospital but he is still enjoying all of your delicious food donations. Thank you so much for all of your love and support. He is in good spirits!
Joe is still awaiting some test results, so mealtrain will be updated as his treatment progresses. This site only allows one picture at a time, so I will blast you with updates so I can share these with all of you.
Update on Joe #2
Posted Nov 20, 2020 by Gina Arias
Thank you for your support and prayers for Joe.
We met with the oncologist today and she said Joe has an aggressive form of A. L. L. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. The spreading of the cancer suggests it is Stage 4. She recommends that he participate in a double chemotherapy treatment which requires hospitalization. The first treatment is a lumbar chemotherapy which will take five days. The second is an intravenous chemo that takes up to seven days. The doctor scheduled him for a bone marrow biopsy and lumbar spinal biopsy Monday and Tuesday with confirmation from tests to then begin chemotherapy.
Of course, because of COVID, there are no visitors allowed.
Please pray for mercy, strength and comfort during every step, procedure and test. That everyone who comes in contact with him would be helpful, gentle and full of compassion. May God continue to lead and guide through this treatment.
Thank you for all the love and prayers from all of us Odoms ❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
P.S. 10News did a little piece on Joe. Here is the link; https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/san-diego-firefighters-rally-around-fellow-firefighter-battling-cancer
Update on Joe.
Posted Nov 17, 2020 by Gina Arias
Joe is in pain but able to move around on his own. He has been diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer. A pre-surgery biopsy revealed he did not have testicular cancer and therefore they were not removed. The doctors said that chemotherapy will shrink and rid cancer in most areas. He also has a mass behind kidney near spine. Some specifics aren't clear. Oncology will be calling to schedule chemotherapy and radiation along with multiple tests. This was our worst case scenario but we know God is in control. We ask for prayers for increased Faith and Hope. Mercy and comfort for Joe as he endures the physical trauma of cancer treatment protocol. We love you and thank you for your love, support and prayers 💔.
-The Odom Family