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Help Corey Defeat Cancer!

$11,395 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 149 people in 1 month
Created December 19, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Corey Drayton

Our delightful Corey Drayton has been diagnosed with Stage IV Adenocarcinoma. He needs your help. 

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On 12/14 Portland-based cinematographer, Corey Drayton was officially diagnosed with Stage IV Adenocarcinoma. This is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that demands equally aggressive treatment of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Help Corey fight this cancer!

Few of us are strangers to exorbitant healthcare costs. Beyond surgeries and medicine, there are also day to day costs, such as rent and bills. Corey will be unable to work for at least 6 months while undergoing his cancer treatment. We asked The Great MaterialContinuum to pause that whole rent and groceries costing money thing, and it was all "nah."  What a jerk.

Treatment will begin right after Christmas, which means the hardest is yet to come. On 12/18 doctors surgically inserted a Chemo port in Corey's chest that will soon deliver 24/7 IV chemotherapy directly to his heart. Radiation will be administered 5 days a week, the dosage high and difficult. Corey will have to endure 6 weeks of this treatment for the first phase, before his care team can assess his progress in fighting the disease. Further chemo and radiation may be needed at that point, and it still may take 10 more weeks before the mass can be surgically removed. This is no Street Fighter arcade game, folks. Corey is one tough fellow, and he's ready to TKO cancer with the "Hadouken smash!"

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Nothing could have prepared us for the new reality we're facing. At 36 years old, it's the last thing we would have expected. We want to focus on Corey's healing and comfort, and not worry about how to pay the bills. Your donations will help to carry the weight of this tremendous financial endeavor so we are able to do so. 

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Help us reach our goal! We truly appreciate any support you can offer, as well as sharing this link so Corey's loved ones far and wide can contribute during this difficult time.


As Corey always says, "Cheers!"

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Those who have battled the cancer beast are referred to as “survivors,” but I’ve come to think of Cancer as a call to action. A diagnosis like mine is like being told you’re going to compete in a Decathlon that - even in your wildest dreams - you’ve never imagined pursuing, let alone prepared for.

I’ve been home nine days now. Little has changed. I shower, cook, make tea and look after my dogs. Yet everything has changed: I receive high doses of radiation daily. I’m attached to a portable pump sending chemotherapy cocktail directly into my heart 24/7. Through it all I reflect on the whirlwind events of the bygone Holiday season, where I’ve been, where I am, and I find here at the top of 2019 a curious absence of worry.

I have all of you to thank for that. Because of your contributions, your generosity, I’m not worrying about bills, obligations and the hornet's nest of responsibilities that makes up modern life. I can focus my energies on fighting this cancer.

That is a tremendous gift.

Each and every one of you gave me that gift. You helped me to clear my first and biggest hurdle - YOU rose to the occasion, spreading the word, donating, leaving messages of support and encouragement ensuring this GOFUNDME campaign was a success. You made a difference in my life that I will cherish and remain forever humbled by, and grateful for. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.

Even now, many of you continue to reach out and ask “how can I help?” “What do you need?” You’ve done so much already and yet here you all are, still in the fight with me. Sarah and I wanted to find a way to coordinate all of the continued offers of support we’ve been getting. We’ve set up a website through a nonprofit called CaringBridge which helps families facing medical emergencies coordinate their support network. On our CaringBridge site we’ve set up a planner detailing ways you can help out during my ongoing treatment. It can be providing a meal, taking our dogs for a walk, or just hanging out and shooting the breeze with me in chemo.

Feel free to take a look: https://www.caringbridge.org/public/teamcoreyfightscancer

The generosity this community has shown is a testament to how much you recognize what a hurdle this could have been without your support. Thank you all again for everything you’ve done, and continue to do on my behalf. I’m lucky to have so many people in my corner.

- Corey
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Happy New Year, all! We’re pleased to share that COREY IS HOME! Thanks to how his outstanding community has shown support, we’ve also nearly reached our goal. Let’s drive it home and start 2019 off right!
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Hi All! Corey here, coming at you live from Studio 712! Actually still in hospital, but thats okay. Thank you all so much for yor kindness and support. I am truly humbled by you esprit de corps and generosity.

I can imagine some of you were concerned after the last update, but I’m happy to report good news. Doctors confirm I am actually a vampire! After being rushed to the emergency room on Christmas Eve, I only got my fill after the fourth bag of sweet sweet blood. B+ is not only my blood type; its my new slogan!

Yesterday I began chemotherapy and radiation. I am officially on the offensive! I’ve had no negative side effects so far, and treatment has me feeling more like myself. But is only the beginning. I appreciate all of your continued support in this fight!

Thank you all again.
Excelsior!
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Merry Christmas!

Corey is overwhelmed with the love and support shown by his community. All of us together have raised more with this campaign than he could have imagined, and in such a short time. This outpouring of solidarity is firing up Corey’s innate fighting spirit!

Last night, as we were sitting down to Christmas Eve dinner, Corey experienced a very sudden hemorrhage and momentarily lost consciousness. An ambulance was dispatched and he was rushed to the ER. He received two blood transfusions and is now in stable condition. He has been admitted to Providence Portland where he will receive chemotherapy and radiation as soon as possible to shrink the tumor and stop the hemorrhage. We are still unsure about when he will be able to return home, but are hoping it will be in time to celebrate the New Year.

Corey wants everyone to know how grateful he is for all of your support; and no matter what comes his way he will keep fighting the good fight!
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Posted by Corey Drayton
1 month ago ago
Those who have battled the cancer beast are referred to as “survivors,” but I’ve come to think of Cancer as a call to action. A diagnosis like mine is like being told you’re going to compete in a Decathlon that - even in your wildest dreams - you’ve never imagined pursuing, let alone prepared for.

I’ve been home nine days now. Little has changed. I shower, cook, make tea and look after my dogs. Yet everything has changed: I receive high doses of radiation daily. I’m attached to a portable pump sending chemotherapy cocktail directly into my heart 24/7. Through it all I reflect on the whirlwind events of the bygone Holiday season, where I’ve been, where I am, and I find here at the top of 2019 a curious absence of worry.

I have all of you to thank for that. Because of your contributions, your generosity, I’m not worrying about bills, obligations and the hornet's nest of responsibilities that makes up modern life. I can focus my energies on fighting this cancer.

That is a tremendous gift.

Each and every one of you gave me that gift. You helped me to clear my first and biggest hurdle - YOU rose to the occasion, spreading the word, donating, leaving messages of support and encouragement ensuring this GOFUNDME campaign was a success. You made a difference in my life that I will cherish and remain forever humbled by, and grateful for. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.

Even now, many of you continue to reach out and ask “how can I help?” “What do you need?” You’ve done so much already and yet here you all are, still in the fight with me. Sarah and I wanted to find a way to coordinate all of the continued offers of support we’ve been getting. We’ve set up a website through a nonprofit called CaringBridge which helps families facing medical emergencies coordinate their support network. On our CaringBridge site we’ve set up a planner detailing ways you can help out during my ongoing treatment. It can be providing a meal, taking our dogs for a walk, or just hanging out and shooting the breeze with me in chemo.

Feel free to take a look: https://www.caringbridge.org/public/teamcoreyfightscancer

The generosity this community has shown is a testament to how much you recognize what a hurdle this could have been without your support. Thank you all again for everything you’ve done, and continue to do on my behalf. I’m lucky to have so many people in my corner.

- Corey
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Created December 19, 2018
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