Doug Carlson's cancer treatment
When we fished together the first time, I knew he was sick, but, as has been the case since Doug was diagnosed, his spirits remained high... higher than even those I know who are blessed with good health. In other words, unless Doug informed you of his battle, you wouldn't have a clue.
Doug has continued his fight for the past few years, but it's reached a critical point. The cancer has spread and doctors have informed him that one of the only treatment options left are a series of four PRRT injections. In other words, hope remains, but it also comes at a price. The shots are $10,000 each, and while Doug has thus far managed to scrape together enough funds to pay for the first two treatments (even being forced to sell his bass boat), he needs our help, the help of the angling and bass fishing community, to come to his aid for the remaining two shots.
I told him I would do what I could, and thus, the existence of this GoFundMe page. Share it with your fellow anglers and bass fishermen, share it with your family and friends. Share it with anyone you feel may be inclined to help out a man who has helped so many others, even in his own darkest hours.
I thank you, and Doug thanks you, from the bottom of our hearts, and I hope that together, we can give Doug even more than hope... another shot at life.
Thank you, sincerely.
The three doctors we met with yesterday said they are 'optimistic' the treatments will have a significant effect on his tumors regardless of where they are located, even the tumors in his lungs.
The medicine only seeks out the rare type of cancer cells he has, not healthy cells. Basically it's 'smart' technology.
On another note, a fishing buddy, Tim Tuttle (who has been amazingly generous in many ways) found a buyer for Doug's boat. So it's bittersweet; hard to lose his customized and much-loved boat, but as Doug says, 'I can't use my boat if I'm not alive.' So true. He can always get another boat.
We are scheduled to fly home to Cali tomorrow night, (April 5). Then he will need his second treatment six to nine weeks later.
Thank you for helping Doug to get started on this treatment!"
And a special thanks to everyone who's donated thus far or shared the GoFundMe page. Please continue to do so, as any additional help and exposure will help immensely.