Bortz Family - Tumor Raiders
The Bortz's are very proud people and do not like to ask for help, so we are reaching out to you, their family and friends, for financial support.
Just under 2 years after his initial diagnosis (Grade 3 Olgodendroglioma (Tumor was 99.99% Grade 2 and .01% Grade 3)), and to their surprise Eric is losing his admirable fight.
As a brief summary, on an ordinary day in Jan 2012 Eric is at work and loses balance and has trouble getting into his van and making phone calls. A few days later he has an MRI and they discover a mass in the back of the brain. They do a biopsy and determine that he has a Grade 3 Olgodendroglioma (Tumor was 99.99% Grade 2 and .01% Grade 3). He undergoes surgery to remove most of the tumor but not all and begins oral chemo. The majority of 2012 was good and Eric felt great. Then Christmas came and it was time for another MRI and there were signs of regrowth of the tumor. Eric spent the New Year going through radiation. In May 2013, the primary tumor was stable but a new tumor had developed in the frontal lobe close to the ventricles. This tumor was declared inoperable but they did try a new radiation therapy and chemo. From July 2013, until today the cancer has become very aggressive and acting like a stage 4 glioblastoma. Eric has developed many additional tumors inside the brain and has experienced a Todd's paralysis seizure. Eric and Shannon learned last week that his doctors must take him off his current cancer treatments (chemo and Avastin) due to a MRSA infection in his ankle. Their doctors at Duke prepared Shannon and Eric by sharing that they could resume chemo in a month if his infection heals, however they do not think he has another month to live.
Eric fights hard everyday to try and beat this illness, always having the will to live and to be here for his family & friends. His spirit about life remains positive, never complaining once about his sickness and what could happen but rather staying focused on the immediate.....his life.....his family. Eric is currently continuing with his fighting spirit and leaving his legacy by trying to teach his children strength and perseverance and that you "Don't ever give up!".
At this time, the family could use our love, support and assistance. As you can imagine they have incurred massive medical bills and Eric has been unable to work since his diagnosis in January 2012. If you are able to help out and would like to, it would be greatly appreciated. Please donate any amount; no donation is too small and every donation helps and is appreciated more than words can ever express!
To read Eric's complete journey, please visit the Eric Bortz Caring Bridge site at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ericbortz/journal/index/0/0/asc
Visitation will be held Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 1:00 "“ 3:00 pm at Williford Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:00 in the Williford Funeral Home Chapel.
201 E. Academy St. Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.
I'm so sorry that you all have to go through this. It breaks my heart! I've been thinking of you all since day 1 when Jeremy and Jill told us he had a buddy going through the same thing. God is in control! Love Sami Williamson Jeremy's sister
Oh, Shannon and Eric, where have I been? I thought things were going well. My prayers are going up for healing, comfort and peace. So sorry!
Shannon, my prayers are with you and Eric. I always go to Psalms 23 as my rock of faith in difficult times.
May you find peace in knowing that you are loved and we will walk with you. Hugs and prayers...
I speak life and healing into your illness. I pray that God gives you strength during this time of suffering but also that he gives you peace. God is still a miracle worker and He is still a healer. May the Lord Bless you.
We continue to pray for Eric, Shannon and the boys. May you find comfort in your faith during this difficult time. Todd, Christine, Autumn and Nick White
We continue to pray for Eric and his strength and courage through this time. May GOD embrace him and his lovely family!
Your strength, perseverance, and fighting spirit are truly amazing. Praying for all of you! Michael, Leann, Garrett, and Carson White