Help Y&T’s Soundman Fight Cancer!
Tom Size, our long-time super-talented Sound Engineer and a personal friend for decades, was diagnosed late December with an advanced form of Melanoma. This is the worst type of skin cancer one can contract, and his is a very aggressive strain. After an initial surgery to remove tumors, his cancer has spread to his brain. Tom is undergoing treatment to do everything possible to kick this nasty cancer’s ass!
Because of this, his entire life has changed quickly & dramatically. Tom’s energy levels have decreased, making it impossible to continue to work at the pace he’s used to. In the meantime, as the outrageous medical bills continue to accumulate, he has limited ability to work, which means he needs help to pay his bills. So we’re asking our friends and fans of Y&T around the world, to please donate what you can to help him and his family during these nerve-wracking times.
A little background on Tom:
Tom has been responsible for over a decade of amazing sound at live shows, all over the world for Y&T and the Meniketti band. He also engineered and mixed Y&T’s Facemelter CD, Live at the Mystic CD, engineered the Ten record, mixed the One Hot Night DVD, and has been involved with many other Y&T and Meniketti recording projects. Outside of Y&T, Tom is a legendary, sought-after engineer who has also worked in the studio with many greats, such as Aerosmith, Journey, Mr Big, and so many others.
I have been a fan and friend of his since 1988, after getting close during the recording of the Y&T Ten CD. Since then our relationship has grown beyond the business of the band to being a trusted friend who shares my love of good wines. Needless to say, this news has been devastating to all who know and love this guy, and we are dedicated to helping him through this tough time.
Thankfully, this platform allows us to keep fundraising, whether or not we reach our goal, so every little bit helps, no matter the amount you can afford. On behalf of Tom, Kelly, and all of us in the Y&T family who have spent so many years on the road with this talented and lovely man, we thank you all for your help!
We have all lost a gifted and sweet man, and I have lost one of the few real friends I've had in the last 30 years. I will miss Tom's commanding presence and sharing in his love of gear, gadgets, good wines, and just being around him in general, which always made me feel alive and vibrant. He was a fellow gearhead and geek, always looking forward to getting in on the newest technology. At the same time we shared the love of exploring all the interesting places we would travel. He didn't just watch the sights go by, he got out there and explored and photographed them with great interest. I loved that, along with his child-like zest for knowledge. He always had us striving to be better at what we do, and that motivating spirit was inspiring.
In this, my last post here, I wish to thank all that have taken the time and generously contributed to Tom. And I still encourage anyone that loved this man to help one more time as Kelly tries to pick up all the fragmented pieces, and continues to try to make sense of his bills, and everything left behind.
I will never forget the great comments and effort you all put into making his last days on earth a less stressful time financially.
Cheers to you all.
The plan going forward is that he desperately needs to get more immunotherapy since it's now been 2 months since his last treatment and it should be every 3 weeks to work effectively. The reason his treatment was delayed is because the last treatment he had, though it eventually reduced the size of the tumors in his body, was very aggressive on the tumors causing one on his adrenal gland to all but explode ending up with internal bleeding, which took a few weeks to get under control. That also weakened him enough to delay any further treatments until his blood work improved. Now it looks like a new dosage of the immunotherapy may be administered this week. Of course we all hope and pray that he will be strong enough to handle the treatment so he can continue treatment every 3 weeks. This will hopefully get him again back on a path of tumor reduction and eventually stopping the aggressive spreading nature of this cancer.
I sincerely wish this latest news was a bit more positive as the last 2 updates have been, but this metastatic Melanoma is not to be taken lightly - it's a super-fast growing monster that only Immunotherapy seems to be able to help in fighting. I ask everyone to send your positive thoughts to Tom and Kelly, and if you can afford to, please donate to this GoFundMe campaign for Tom as he is again unable to work for a living, leaving no income to pay his bills.
I'll keep you all informed as soon as I hear anything new in the next few days or weeks.
A few nights ago Jill and I attended a fundraiser event in Berkeley that was put together by the Folk and Bluegrass clients and good friends of Tom Size. All the ticket sale proceeds went directly to Tom and the talent on stage made for a great night of music. Tom himself was there for the event and lasted until the very end of the night. The strong man that he is, Tom was looking good, even though I know he was feeling a bit tired and feeling the pain from his tumors.
I’m sure he was very proud to hear all the talented musicians on stage giving him some well-earned love and respect for being the amazing engineer he is. I especially want to thank all the Y&T fans that showed up to give their love and support to a man that has been responsible for making Y&T sound so good over more than a decade. In every club, concert hall, and outdoor festival, Tom has brought his amazing chops to what can be very difficult environments and always made us sound the best we possibly could. All of us in Y&T know just how much of an important part of every Y&T show he is and we are ever so proud to know he’s out there fighting the good fight every night.
So, now comes another chapter in fighting back the cancer that continues to grow as he waits for his next treatment of immunotherapy. That therapy has given everyone so much hope because in his darkest moments just a few short weeks ago, he came out with a miraculous recovery and tumors that were shrinking to almost nothing. But because it weakened him so much, he has been forced to wait a longer time before he can receive his next treatment, and the cancer continues to spread again as he waits.
We anticipate the next treatment should happen a few days before he mixes the band on August 5th on the Santa Cruz beach Boardwalk. From there, we all have the hopes that this remarkable immunotherapy will have him that much closer to being cancer free. It’s still a day by day struggle and there are good days and bad days, but it’s a long fight and one that we’re all blessed to see going in the right direction.
The Metastatic Melanoma tumors that have invaded and ruled Tom's body for months are now virtually melting away before our eyes. It began in earnest about 4 days ago. This after 2 treatments of Immunotherapy. No, we are not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination as there are some very serious side affects to contend with. Serious enough to sideline further infusions of these drugs until he is stable.
However, to witness something this cutting edge on the frontline of scientific/ medical research is amazing. Especially when it means a chance at life for someone you know and love.
A multi tumor cluster the size of a large grapefruit in his neck is now more than half gone. Tumors the size of lemons under his arm are reducing as well. Each day Tom Size wakes up, they are smaller and smaller.
This is amazing news coming just 2 weeks after Tom was hospitalized with internal bleeding and was extremely week. Quite a dramatic turn of events and it couldn't have been happening to a better guy!
Cancer was the last thing I expected as the result of swelling over my left eye, lymphoma in my case. The "B" cell marker retuxamab and the poison bendomustine were what I was successfully treated with! One suggestion I'll repeat is drink lots of water to get that stuff out of your system - sounds odd but, at Moores Cancer Center that's exactly the advise they gave me every time I was unhooked from those IV's. What also helped me was the "nutra bullet". No lie, you can't eat as many fruits/vegetables as you can drink. Try it, it will help you as it did me. We will pray for your complete and speedy recovery. I'm still, after 2 years, finding little things that aren't the same as before. " it's this life that's killing us".
Thank you, Dave, for letting us know so quickly. I cannot imagine how difficult this was for you to write. Through your fundraiser, we got to know that there was yet another light in human existence that was not jaded or otherwise burned out by the state of things these days. But was rather an example of the only way to make things better is that we all need to try to be more positive and encourage each other to strive for better. That he could do that even through his struggle shows us that we have no excuse to not always try to be a better person. I am so sorry for your loss, and this appears to be a loss to us all. You, his friends and family will be in my prayers.
Hang in there. God bless
My heart goes out to you and yours, Tom. The more I read about the role that immunotherapy plays nowadays in treating metastatic melanoma patients, the more impressed I am and the more hopeful I am that it will help you kick this brutal morphing cunning evasive aggressive son-of-a-bitch cancer out of your body where it has no business being. You are not alone in this fight, sir. Be well. Soon.
thanks for the update dave give our love to tom and his family keeping u all in my thoughts and sending u all facemelting vibes from across the pond lets kick this dam cancers ass for tom so we can get tom back making and mixing some awsome facemelting music its on with the show for tom see u all real soon in november miss u all :)
Ahhhh - YAY! What awesome news, indeed! ♥
I was happy to donate, and will again soon. I met Tom a couple of times on the road. He is a gracious and polite man, among his other great qualities. I am sure everyone in the Y&T family is pulling hard for him. I can't wait to see him one day soon and encourage him in person. Best to Tom, his family, and all who share in his journey.
Whoops -- Kelly reached out to me and set me straight. I should have read my above linked article more carefully. In my haste to share what I had hoped was helpful information , I accomplished exactly the opposite. I'm humbled by the error and appreciate the thoughtful correction. Be well, Tom. Be well.
PLEASE follow the advice of medical professionals and be aware that "immunotherapy" is what Steve Jobs tried to use, delaying proper cancer treatment in the process, and by the time he realized that error, it was too late to save him. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/8841347/Steve-Jobs-regretted-trying-to-beat-cancer-with-alternative-medicine-for-so-long.html