Mar 5, 2014 5:41 AM by Elizabeth Hill
Cory Guidry has a lot to live for.
"You're literally at the point that says will you do whatever it takes and at that point it's very easy."
An easy decision maybe, but a difficult process.
"It's basically like rebooting a computer."
Immediately following the transplant, Guidry's immune system will be virtually non-existent and he'll be highly susceptible to disease and infection.
"If this is going to knock it out, I don't have to be on pills, if we can eradicate it totally, ya know high risk high reward then we're going to try it."
Guidry says his donor is a woman in Europe. That's all he knows, but he says it's all he needs to know.
"She's giving me something that you can't put a value on it, you can't place arbitrary, monetary value on what's she's doing and she's doing it out of the kindness of her heart."
Guidry's donor isn't the only stranger lending him a hand.
"I know that this community is special, and they come out in droves and show you. This is what we're all about down here and it's pretty humbling."
Thanks to a network of friends and family from school and church, more than $30,000 has been raised so far to help with day to day expenses while Cory is undergoing treatment.
"It's hard to even comprehend. It reminds me that people are waiting to help.
Cory will head to Houston March 10th to begin preliminary blood work.
There will be a benefit concert for Cory at the District in Lafayette May 10th. It will feature some great musical acts including Mark Broussard and there will be some amazing auction items available to bid on too.
For more information on the concert or to follow Cory's progress, click here.
Also, if you are interested in donating to help the Guidry's you can follow this link.