Blake Squires Cancer Fund
PLEASE HELP ME HELP MY FAMILY!!!!
What makes us different from anyone else requesting funds?? That I cannot answer but I have to try everything to save my family, so I pray that maybe while you decide on where you would like to donate or who to assist that you look at - Blake Squires, my very precious nephew and my very desperate family. The smallest amount I promise will help.
Blake was diagnosed with testicular cancer on the 1st June 2016, at the very tender age of 23 years. I had never heard of this type of cancer, only to learn it is prevalent in young men aged from 14 - 35 years. The news was shocking. We are all devastated, as you never expect it to happen to your children or your family it was alway other people. Now we are the other people!!!
Blake's doctor sent him in to Port Elizabeth for tests after he was complaining of backache and severe stomach ache the week before. After numerous blood test and scans they found a small lesion in one testicle and many more lesions in his intestines.
Blake was scheduled for 18 weeks of intensive chemotherapy. The good news then, was that the doctors said he should make a full recovery. Sadly half way through the treatment (Yesterday 15/08/2016) and a few more tests, Blake was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer which has spread to his lungs.
We as a family have hit a critical patch and urgently need to raise funds for Blake's continued treatment, and general costs surrounding his treatment. Blake is on medical aid but they will not cover all the expenses and extra hidden expenses. Blakes girlfriend or his mom or dad travel daily almost two hours to the nearest oncology hospital, so he can have his chemotherapy which lasts for 6 hours, then they drive back. This happens every day for five days - then off a week. The fuel costs alone are killing them let alone basic medications etc.
My brother and sister-in-law have fought and tried so hard and have come to their end, they have sold off everything, lost their very productive business and stand to loose their farm and have nowhere to turn. I humbly beg from the bottom of my heart that any form of assitance will help. Just SHARING this site will help.
I am based in Cape Town, South Africa and they are almost 1000km's away, I am organizing fundraising for them from all avenues. Please share this and please know that every cent will help at this critical stage.
I make a promise to each and everyone that I will pay it forward....... when Blake recovers. xxxxxx I humbly thank you.
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To begin from where this started and then I humbly ask you to share this with at least one person.
August 2016, I appealed for funds through Back a Buddy, Go Fund Me crowdfunding sites and started a Facebook group, for my nephew Blake Squires and his parents who were in need of urgent funds to cover medical shortfalls and currently further treatment, after their son - my nephew, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The cancer had metastasized into stage 4 lung cancer, as well as numerous lymphoma abdominal tumors. This all came about as Blake had been complaining of back and stomach ache.
Initially it was thought it may have been injured back muscles and then gastroenteritis but after been advised to travel to the Port Elizabeth hospital for further investigation, doctors, specialists and ultra sound revealed a 3mm irregularity on one testicle. The medical aid refused to cover any treatment unless the testicle was removed. Sperm was frozen - 16 vials - and surgery was scheduled for the next day.
Results came back the testicle was completely calcified and had been removed. Blake was told he had testicular cancer, lymphoma tumors in the abdomen and stage 4 lung cancer. All Blake could tearfully conjure up was " Am I going to die?"
Blake was scheduled for 18 weeks of intensive chemotherapy - five days a week for 6 hours per day.
It was at this point the magnitude of this devastating situation hit home with me. Blake's parents cash business had been lost and their was little hope of regaining it. I sat and pondered on how I would feel if it was my son - no way to get fuel to get my child to the hospital for the life saving treatment. It was all too much for my soul to cope with. I sat and pondered and decided on setting up a web page, this required a Facebook page - for some reason I did all required but made a Facebook group as that could go public. I sat with every ounce of my being as to whether I should push the enter button. Finally I hit the enter key and my site almost immediately went viral. I challenged and motivated the friends joining the site. I sat on the computer 24/7 in order not to miss a comment. Three days later was my 50th but no time to celebrate I drove the site. The requests to make donations, help and prayer flawed me. I gave birth to the Go Fund Me account and followed it up with a Back a Buddy account. Many local donations went into Blake's bank account and money transfers were received. The community rallied and set up so many fundraisers in aid of the family's plight. Success became the driving force of the fund and motivated my energy levels.
In the meantime Blake continued with the chemo therapy two hours away from his home. Blake's girlfriend drove the trip daily and sat in the car park , as she was not allowed in the chemo room, patiently she waited for the sessions to end, then drove the two hour trip back to the farm. She nursed him through the night, bad moods and continual vomiting. Only to leave early again the next day and so on for the following treatments. Never once did she complain she just did it and it became her way of life. Mid August Blake had further tests, the true fact of the lung cancer emerged!! Blake had not heard that statement at the initial consultation as he was so overwhelmed with it all. The good news was the oncologist was shocked to see him - he did not hold a positive outlook for Blake. A week later Blake received the results revealing that the lung cancer had gone. Was it the immense power of prayer or the support from friends and family???? - I would like to believe both. However the abdominal tumors were still large and prevalent.
Blake would continue with the grueling chemotherapy - it got worse as the weeks went on, the continual vomiting and constant nausea became his norm. He lost all his hair and a huge amount of weight. Eyes sank into their sockets with dark black rings he looked so weak - yet he kept his strength and humor. Eventually weak and scared, but thankful the 18 weeks was over - he rang the infamous Cancer Bell. Cheered and congratulated from around the globe he was told he would have to wait one month before he could have a PET scan. The scan could only be performed in Cape Town, so yet another tiresome trip of over 2500km for medical treatment. Yet this scan would reveal the truth of whether the cancer was still in the cells. Again the world of friends and family waited in silence and hope for the results. It was the longest weekend ever, finally Monday morning the call came - Blake had NO active cancer cells. Great news but the fear of would they become active remains. The continued blood tests remain to check in cancer markers in the blood. Thankfully these drop slightly but we continue to pray for the marker to be 3.
The poison - chemotherapy has increased risks and complications which have made Blake's system weak and unconditioned to fight the simplest of illnesses. Blake had flu which was made worse by his extremely weak immune system. Blake then developed painful shingles and had to be medicated due to the severity. Each complication is dealt with when it appears - that is all that can be done.
The plan is to continue the fundraising to assist him with the shortfalls of all the medical bills and ones to come. Blake is due to travel to Cape Town at the end of January 2017, for yet another PET scan.
Blake is a son, brother, boyfriend cousin and my nephew and we are now in a fight for Blake's health and continued life - Cancer free.
Although he is on medical aid the shortfalls are catastrophic, adding to this his parents loss of their business and are unable to cover the costs for Blake. Therefore I continue to appeal to one & all to help Blake on his Journey back to full health and recovery by donating funds to assist in clearing these medical bills and for his future treatments through our two crowdfunding sites.
Anything WILL make a difference - No matter how big or small!!
Thank you and Many blessings.
I know that it had been ages since I posted. Everything continues to be a challenge including data time. We still find the whole experience surreal. Blake has cancer, lost a large business, realised 80% of assets and under debt Review. The most traumatic time of my life and can only look forward and remain positive. Since chemotherapy we have seen Blake Squires go through so much, his brain in a chemo fog, loss of taste and mouth ulcers from another world which really tested him and went through such depression. The whole scenario has caused so much amxiety. We have found another supplier and have started supplying eggs again. This too has proved a challenge as my previous supplier got all my client details and is attempting to destroy us. At present only deliver once a week and am grateful to our loyal customers and am trying to grow the business as quick as possible but this takes time. From 800k a month to zero. Will continue to grow again. In all this mayhem of asset stripping had vat implication and have a new 5 tonne truck which I am trying to save. Blake Squires keen on commencing haulage. We have had a few good trips and Dee Squires has spent numerous days advertising everywhere. Blake Squires decided that he would deal with all the enquiries. He has been doing a fantastic job trying to arrange all the pick ups to fill the truck to Johannesburg before month end. He is so positive and wants to succeed in everything. He is even trying to organise a load to Cape Town when we go for the scan. As a father I feel disappointed that he has to do this. Blake Squires insists he wants to as he is tired of being sick and wants the cancer to be a distant memory. He is so amazing and what a soldier he has been life lessons learnt by me. Please let us know if anyone requires transporting of anything anywhere. We wait for a positive outcome. Thanks to all my family and my amazing sister Karen Squires Cottingham. Everyone of you make the world a better place. Thanks to everyone for all your support, really cannot thank you all enough but again thank every single person. All our love and blessings. Onwards and upwards. Xx
It has a conversion table for your convenience and funds are deposited directly into the fund bank account. We trust this will assist many of you. Thank you for your continued support.
Today 23rd. Aug. We all went to PE today with Blake as he was nervous for the scan, firstly off to the cardiac center to have the monitor removed, no feed back on that. Off to the oncology unit for the scan. Blakes specialist said he would phone when he had seen the results. Blakes specialist phoned, very good news that the lung sacoma`s "appear to have gone, there is still sacoma in the abdomen, but greatly reduced!" He told Blake that he will now have two more rounds of chemotherapy, which is about 6 weeks in total, then another scan, hopefully the will be gone! if not a biopsy to determine radiation or surgery . Your prayers must be working, feeling happier today. God bless for all your continued support. xx
Good Morning wonderful people, Blake off to PE today to have his heart monitor fitted for 24hrs, He has been experiencing tingling in his heart muscles and body, with high blood pressure and low pulse Side effects from chemo. Then tomorrow back for the 2 hour journey to PE to have the monitor removed and the the all important scan, to see the condition of the sarcoma in his lungs and abdomen, he has been told he may need either radiation or surgery . Will let you know how we get on. Once again from the bottom of our hearts thank you so much everyone for all the wonderful donations. Love Blake and all the Squires family x
Hi every Angel out there, Blake has had tingling in his heart muscles and body, chemotherapy can damage the heart, so he had an ECG and blood test, his blood pressure is high but his pulse is low, so they are waiting for the heart specialist to have a look, will keep you updated on that. Next Tues Blake has a CT scan to see how the sarcomas in his abdomen and lungs are, he might need radiation therapy and or an op. He was originally given a round of 4 treatments by Discovery, as his limit was R200,000, with chemotherapy at around R5000 a day + specialist, pharmacy and scans that amount is used very quickly, if we go over that said amount we personally have to pay 20% of all future costs, it also doesn't allow for the R2000 that is used in fuel to Port Elizabeth for chemotherapy sessions, our business that included Blake in which he was a share holder and drove the truck to deliver eggs is bankrupt due to our main supplier, and we stand to lose our small holding that we have all worked so hard for, through no fault of Blake's. He has never had a day sick and even when he was doubled over in pain right up to the last Friday before he was diagnosed, drove the truck, and unloaded and delivered 4 tons of eggs, we as a family have always worked hard to get to where we were, we are workers and survivors so what ever happens Blake will get the best treatment possible! But everyone has been so wonderful. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Blake, Reay, Dee and family! God bless! Xx
Hi everyone, Blake received the result of last weeks blood test, it is now 4 dropped from 7, but has to be below 3! Another blood test next month, if it has not dropped, I do not know the next step. I so want him to be over this, will it never end! :(
After seeing his specialist today, the news is still good, thank God that he has no active cancer. He was not given the all clear though as he still has enlarged lymph nodes in his abdomen, which means more scans in three months time as they have to keep an eye on them. so not quite out of the woods yet! Please keep donating as he still has lots rocky road to travel, and the expense is never ending, his last scan was R21,000. and although paid for by medical it does not cover R4,000 in fuel, overnight accommodation, food etc, and still not working. Prayers also very welcome.
Blake is in remission, his specialist phoned on Thursday to say he has no active cancer, he has an appointment tomorrow with his specialist, for a blood test and a detailed report on the scan, I will give you an update on that. Thank you for your continued support and prayers! God bless.
Hi everyone, thank you so much for your continued donations, it all helps so much! Blake has his scan in Cape Town this Friday the 29th October, will let you know the result, fingers and toes crossed and prayers welcome.
Blake has now had 6 sessions of chemo, which comprises of 5 days of trips into Port Elizabeth, 150km away, then 6 hours of chemo, two weeks off then 5 days again. His white cell count was low, so he has to have 3 injections into his stomach @ R4,500 a jab. The last session was hopefully his last, over the last week he has suffered horrendous mouth ulcers, earache. swollen gums, weakness in his muscles and depression, but everyday feeling a bit better. His next trip is to Cape Town 1000km away, on the 28th of this month, as he has to have a specialized MIR scan, the one in Cape Town looks at cell activity as apposed to the one in P.E. that only sees sell structure as they want to see if the lesions in his lungs and abdomen have gone, if not it means radiation therapy or surgery. He is obviously quite worried about the outcome. The god news is that his cancer cell count has gone from 230,000 to 12, it should be around 0 -2, so with the next blood test fingers crossed. Your continued support, interest prayers and donations are gratefully received. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Blake and Amber have spent a few days in Cape Town, he went primarily to say thank you to all the people that put on a show for him, called the Woods. It has done him the world of good to have a change of scenery. He is still very nauseas in the morning and has what you call chemo fog, which means his brain is very muddled and forgetful. Sometimes this lasts for quite a while after chemo has finished. Tomorrow is Magda Charlton 's coffee morning, Buy a cake for Blake, if you live in the Haslemere area please go along, lots of raffle prizes. Thank you all once again for your support
Thank you Ratty and Janice for your wonderful donation, God bless!
Thank you Tammeryn for your very kind donation, and a huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far, it really is a life line for us at the moment! God bless you all! Xx
Hi from a very hot SA, 41 degrees and Spring not quite sprung. Blake chilling by the sea today coolest place around, making the most of his last week before the dreaded Chemo on Monday. Hes feeling good and positive, just wants to get back to work! If any one would like to ask anything about Blake, testicular cancer or his treatment, please leave a message on here. Love to all. Dee x
Sorry I tried to copy the letter, there is a copy on FaceBook, Blakes cancer page. Thank you all once again for the prayer love support and donations. God bless. xx
Hi Everyone, Dicovery health are refusing to pay for additional chemotherapy, Blake needs two more rounds plus additional scans and maybe an operation or radiation, will have to speak to specialist on Monday and find out hat we can do, will keep you posted. Blake is coping OK, chemo weeks are terrible he gets so very sick straight away, and then just as he starts to rally bang another round of chemo.