In December 2011 John, was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Cancer. He has one tumor in his pancreas and several that have moved into his liver. In our efforts to win the battle against cancer, we turned MD Anderson in Texas for treatment. As one of the two leading cancer centers in United States we were very hopeful that they would be able to successfully treat John. After trying different therapies, they don't believe chemo can help him. Throughout his treatment, we have adopted an organic, whole food diet and have researched the benefits of alternative holistic cancer therapies. After much thought and consideration, we feel that this is a viable option and now--as our oncologist confirmed this week, something we have suspected for awhile--our only option. As we narrow the field of choices, looking for the most suitable treatment for John's rare cancer, we are painfully aware of the expense of such treatments; especially because none of the expenses will be covered by insurance. Whether we can afford it or not doesn't matter, because how can you put a price on someone's life?
John is the father of three beautiful children who have their whole lives in front of them. Before receiving the diagnosis, John was healthy and active: we had no idea what kind of surprise was lurking beneath the surface. The impact on our family has been incredible and the thought of seeing his children grow up without him is heartbreaking.
John is currently serving Active Duty Air Force and recently returned home from deployment to Afghanistan. In fact, he was home for less than two months when he received the diagnosis. The joyfulness of his homecoming was cut short by the news that he was in for the fight of his life. John has given the Air Force 14 years of dedication. To serve this Nation, he has missed years of his two oldest boy's lives. So far, he missed most of our daughter's first year. This doesn't stop him from loving what he does and living to serve.