I have cancer.

It pains me to say it out loud, but the reality has set in… I have cancer. Pancreatic cancer to be precise. In addition, I have an ulcer and a hole in my stomach. My nutrition is being provided by TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), which provides me with macronutrients, electrolytes, and other nutrients that replace food. And, If you’re keeping score, I’ve been in the hospital 8 times in 5 months. In other words; my health is a mess.

This week I will start a treatment program. My oncologist has determined that I’m not a candidate for chemotherapy, so as an alternative, he is proposing an immunotherapy cancer treatment. Cancer immunotherapy, also known as immuno-oncology, is a form of cancer treatment that uses the power of the body’s own immune system to prevent, control, and eliminate cancer.

Additionally, I will be obtaining a second opinion on my cancer diagnosis from the cancer specialists at the renowned City of Hope Cancer Center.  

I have cancer. Needless to say, I’m hopeful but nervous. This medical journey I’ve been forced to travel has been hard and very stressful on me and my family. Thank God for my wife Maria and son Dylan; my mother Cynthia and father Jerry, my sister Stephanie and my dear friends Rick Nuhn, Herb Trawick and others. So many of my family and friends have stepped up in various ways to support my cause. But we need more.

I humbly ask that you continue to contribute to our GoFundMe campaign designed to raise money to offset the ever-mounting medical expenses. The cost of health care, even with insurance, is daunting. 

Any dollar amount, you are comfortable in giving, is greatly appreciated. I realize that many of you have already made a donation to this cause. If you’re able to donate again, we will greatly appreciate it. 

Please go to https://gofund.me/e20783bc and make a donation today. Also, please be so kind as to share this message with your family, friends, and social networks. The more people that know about our cause, the more support we’re blessed with.

Thank you for whatever you can do to help.

May God Bless You.