Help Alana Fight Stage IV Cancer
In November 2016, my wife Alana was diagnosed with stage IV gastro-esophageal cancer. After almost two years of fighting this disease, it's harder for chemotherapy to fight it, and harder for Alana to get around.
Now, we need to either move to a new more accessible apartment or increase the accessibility of our current apartment, and we need to do it quickly. Either decision will cost more money than we have, as we are continuing to pay outlandish co-pays, hospital fees, and the direct costs of immunotherapy treatments our insurance won't cover. So, we are reaching out to our community for help to raise at least $25K.
Since 2016, my beloved has survived more than 25 chemotherapy infusions, had brain surgery, and lost and regained the use of her left side. She is a warrior and the brightest light I've ever seen.
Please help me make her every day comfortable, while we keep fighting for her life.
Thank you so much for your gift. You, our friends and community, have made it possible for my beloved to retain a reasonable quality of life in her fight against an aggressive and advanced cancer.
This past week, my love lost the use of her legs for the second time in two years. This time, they say the loss may be permanent. Lat Sunday, instead of heading to celebrate our third wedding anniversary with friends as planned, we headed to UCSF Parnassus Hospital. We've been here for a week, where the love of my life has grown progressively weaker.
Still, she tells me of her gratitude. And I bear witness to her strength. What a teacher Alana is to me, and perhaps to us all.
So let me speak our gratitude out loud to you. We are coming home from the hospital tomorrow. Thank you for your generosity, for believing in us, for helping our love go on forever, even if the body refuses the day.
We love you, as we love each other.