Detroit TRACON Member Needs Your Help
Friday, October 05, 2012


Amy Yahara, a NATCA member since 2006 when she joined the FAA, has been added to the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP). You can see Amy and many other NATCA members on our webpage devoted to helping them with leave donations. Please click HERE.
On August 5th, 2011, Cole Alexander Yahara, was born to Amy and James Yahara, controllers at Detroit Metro TRACON (D21). Just two weeks ago, Cole was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease known as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome (SCIDS).

SCIDS means Cole was born with no functioning immune system of his own. In other words, he has no ability to fight infections in his body. Without a bone marrow transplant, Cole will not see his second birthday. Amy, James, and Cole’s big sister, Autumn, were tested to see if they were genetic matches for a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately they were not. Cole’s doctors are now going through the National Bone Marrow Registry to find a match. So far there have not been any matches found.

Cole is currently battling the chicken pox virus as well as viral pneumonia. Medications are helping with that. However, the chicken pox is still actively growing within his little body. All the medication and sickness have made Cole lose about 15 percent of his body weight, something Amy and James are working with a nutritionist to correct.

“We have good days and bad days as we wait for the bone marrow transplant,” Amy and James say in their letter to family, friends and supporters. “Prior to transplant, Cole will go through chemo to prepare his body for the transplant. After the transplant, we will be living at the hospital for another 1-2 months to make sure the new bone marrow is adapting correctly. When Cole finally gets to go home he will be isolated at home for another six months to make sure he doesn’t get another infection as the new bone marrow takes hold and creates an immune system.”

Amy will be in the hospital with Cole for at least three months and she will be out of work for at least six months taking care of him.

We ask that you please consider making a donation to assist Amy if you have leave to spare and we thank you for any help you can provide.

If you know a member that is also in the VLTP and needs to be added to our database, please email Director of Communications Doug Church (