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.
Together, our community moved mountains and took care of us both as my love bravely fought cancer. Taking care of Alana was my greatest, highest honor. There wasn't a single moment when she was a burden to me. Not one. On October 27th, 2018, the love of my life, Alana Nicole Devich Cyril, died. Though she fought with all her heart for more time on the planer, cancer cruelly took her from me. From us all.
Her death brings this fundraising campaign to a close. Because of you - the $50,000 bill I just received for Alana's final week of radiation will be paid (of course first I will fight with the insurance company about it). Because of you, I can stay in our apartment for a few extra months before I am forced to move from this home in which we lived and she died. Because of you, we could host a memorial service for over 400 guests that cost almost $30K. Because of you, though we've spent thousands on medical bills. alternative treatments, support services, and more on reduced incomes - I can still go to grief counseling now. None of this would have been possible without your support. I thank you, we thank you.
Yes, something fundamental has been altered in me. Some core joy extinguished in her absence. But. There will always be a Mitts and Muffy. Mac and Alana go on and on and on and on and on and on and on. Have you ever seen a community more loving, more brilliant, more beautiful? I haven't. My heart is full of love, and loss, and love.
Thank you - Malkia Devich Cyril
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.