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Everybody Hates Cancer

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Fuck Cancer. In this case, specifically fuck Stage 3 (on the cusp of Stage 4) Stomach Cancer and Lymphoma.

Matthew Alexander Clark is only 37 yrs old and the most amazing twin brother I could ever have hoped for. He has been quietly fighting his 3rd bout of cancer for over a year. He pwned the other two; this one not so much. And now he needs help.

Currently he is undergoing aggressive treatment. He’s been in Chemo for the past year, and began Radiation just a few months ago. Those treatments aren’t really working right now, just keeping the cancer stagnant while wreaking considerable havoc on other organs, most importantly his liver. They have also severely impacted his ability to function in daily life. For every day mobile, he has three days bed bound. Things have finally gotten bad enough that he had to withdraw from school to focus on his health.

We are looking for alternatives to his current treatments, in the interests of both not destroying what remains of his liver, as well as seeking an actual treatment and/or cure that allows for semi-normal living. The US has restrictions on what people can try, and what treatments are available due to pharmacological and political issues best not discussed in this venue. So, we are researching several options outside of the country. With such alternatives comes bills and travel and all sorts of expenses he, and we, can’t handle alone. It’s that simple.

You do what you can for family. I am moving home to Colorado February 2019 so I am available for whatever may be needed. There is the potential that I can be a living donor and provide Matthew with part of my liver.  What are twins for if you can’t harvest organs from them?  However, we are hoping to handle this through other means, as even that would only help temporarily and come with its own risks to both of us.  

Anything and everything helps. If you know my twin, you know that he has a stubborn habit of taking care of everyone else before himself. He is not so great at reaching out for help when he needs it. And tough as he has been through this, he needs help. I want him to understand he doesn’t have to face this alone, that he has only to ask and help will come. That he is important and loved and that people will fight for him.

If you can spare a $1 or $5… or $1000, it would alleviate a major burden. As specific treatment options are still being researched, all donations will go directly to Matthew for use wherever he needs it. Even helping cover his gas to get to and from treatment gives him more of a chance.

Thanks for reading this. Please, by all means share it and spread the word! Love to you all.
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It's that time again! Matthew has completed his clinics for the month of June, and we received enough extra donations to fund one more month of clinics. Matthew opted to stay thru July, as once he comes home, there will be no more boosters or treatments, only check-ups on progress.

To summarize:
Bloodwork is a bit cleaner, as well as some positive results on his lymphatic system. Officially he has now seen positive results from the Immunotherapy on every aspect of his illness, and that is a big deal. With these results comes dying cancer cells and toxins flooding his body, making it work overtime and forcing Matthew to remain mostly bedridden. It's a very frustrating period for him.

He has 2 more clinics, and then he will be flying home Aug 1st. He will still need help with rent, gas, food, and general bills.

Everyone has given so much, and we could not have imagined all the love that has flowed to Matthew and our family thru this hardship. We are still accepting donations. Please keep sharing and know that Matthew is still fighting hard!
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Well, and so here we are.

Today is the day Matthew was supposed to fly home, but as with last month, Matthew is still fighting and we are still doing what we can to support him however possible.

His last 3 clinic appointments were inconclusive enough to dictate staying 1 more month, thru June. While this is hard, on Matthew especially, we really think this is the best place for him to be, and with the Nittas offering him a place for another month, as well as their exceptional care, it's worth the added time. The clinic stated that any results from treatment might be seen as early as 2 months, of which we just hit, or as late as 6 months. Considering that Matthew would not have seen our 38th birthday had he stayed in the US, the additional time to assist with the treatment taking hold is bonus time. We are just glad he's still here and still fighting, even half a world away.

He's had three friends, Jennifer, Samantha, and Lina, fly out to visit him, as well as me, his twin (with personal funds, nothing from GoFundMe), to ensure he doesn't get too lonely and that he knows he is worth the effort, always. He has a 4th friend, Jenny,  heading out next week.

I had the amazing good fortune to meet and stay with the Nitta family in Osaka, who has all but adopted Matthew as a second son. This family has not only assisted with helping him around Japan, but has given him a place to stay for the last month, allowing our funds to go to treatment instead of rooming costs. They have fed him and helped him when he has been too sick to help himself, and honestly, without them, I think Matthew would be home already, too alone to keep the fight going in a foreign country.

Matthew has been in Japan for 2.5 months now. He's been going to weekly clinic appointments, treating not only the stomach and lymphoma cancers,  but also the two newer kidney tumors and the recently identified, but apparently older brain tumor, that may or may not be cancerous.

The immunotherapy treatment seems to have stopped all growth in its tracks, with the notable exceptions of the right kidney tumor, which is continuing to grow, tho slowly, and the brain tumor, which has shrunk after only a few weeks of treatment! All without chemo or radiation,  which was quite literally killing Matthew.

We had a bit of good fortune come our way as well, in the form of Matthew's friend Marissa nominating him for the Still Kickin' cancer campaign. A widow of a cancer victim, she told Matthew's story for consideration, and they choose him as their May Hero. This was serendipitous timing, as they offered a $4500 grant... which just about covered the new cost of treatment for the brain tumor that was discovered. Had this not come thru, him staying thru June would not have been an option, as those funds would have been used for the new treatments.

Everything has been happening and coming together with such amazing timing and it feels very much like we are on the right path for Matthew's healing. We can only continue as we have been, and stay positive. 

We still have the month of June to cover for costs, and depending on donations this month, it is our hope to offer him the option to stay thru July and/or August, always depending on clear results from his clinic visits. When Matthew does make it home, he has been cleared to receive the GcMAF protein shots here in the US, but at this time they are only being offered in Maryland, so there will potentially be the cost of travel and the shots at least once a month, as well as his basic living expenses.

Anything helps! Matthew is feeling very hopeful overall,  and making plans for the future. His hope is to return by mid-August at the latest, so he can try to finish school. Once his cancer is in remission, moving back to Japan is a possibility. With the network of new friends and the Nitta family, anything seems possible. That is how transformative his time in Japan has been. Please keep sharing, and know that without you all, we could not have made this happen. The Clarks are forever grateful for all the love and support. ❤
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Update Time!

Matthew has completed the 2 outpatient surgeries for the Immunotherapy Treatment. A 12-hour flight to Japan, 2.5 weeks of doctor’s appointments, exploring, making new friends who have been lovely tour guides as well as spiritual/physical support, and 171 needle injections later, and we are in a holding pattern, waiting to see if the treatment works.
Along with the actual treatment, the clinic has been doing high intensity ultrasounds, which cause necrosis in the cancer cells, and providing Matthew with daily protein shots that have macrophages that are there as part of the immune system to fight off illness.

One of his wonderful new friends has also been providing free ROLF massages (she usually only works on women and children, so it’s an even bigger gift that she offered her services to Matthew) which has added an addition layer of toxin release that initially helped mitigate how quickly he tired out, but still required the internal systems to flush out some bad stuff.

The clinic has been assisting Matthew with his appointments, picking him up and dropping him off, and helping with side effects, like an ulcer, all at no additional cost, and all within the same day of his reporting the issue. It has truly been top level care, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

The offer was made by the Clinic for Matthew to receive additional treatment, in the form of continued ultrasounds and the daily protein shots, all at no additional cost, for the month of April. These treatments are to augment the healing process of his body but are not actually part of the Immunotherapy. The hope is that, when the treatment works and his cancer is in remission, these additional treatments will accelerate his return to the vibrant, healthy man we all love.

After much deliberation, Matthew decided to stay the extra month, and has the option to continue into May. If he stays in May, there will be an additional fee of $6500 to cover the continuation. That choice is still a few weeks out, and we are hoping that the doctors monitoring his progress will see some good signs prior to May, to help him decide his next steps.
Of course, what this means for all of us, as his support, is to continue spreading the word and help however we are able. Donations are still being accepted, and we have enough to get him thru April with no issues. He will also still need help once he gets home, as e will still be unable to work. But amazing progress has been made, and he WILL beat this.

Matthew has been making daily posts on Facebook about his adventures and his treatments. If you would like to read them, you can go to - https://www.facebook.com/matthew.a.clark.12

Thank you all for every donation, gift, prayer, kind word, encouragement, and love that you have shown Matthew and our family.
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We are cleared for launch!!

With all your amazing help, we have scrapped together enough funds to finance Matthew's treatment in Japan!!!

We are so thankful for the speed in which this has occurred,  as his cancer has had the opportunity to spread since stopping the Chemo and Radiation treatments. He is now officially in Stage 4.

All the arrangements have been made, and he flies out Monday 3/18! People have contributed not just funds, but travel points, equipment, rides, and local contacts and guides once he gets there. It has been a whirlwind of planning, and we are so thrilled to be able to make this trip happen for him.

Matthew is set for the trip and the treatment,  but we completely depleted the GoFundMe in the process, and he will still need help when he comes home. This treatment is by no means an instant cure, but our hope is that it is the beginning of his healing. It may take weeks or months to see results.

In the meantime, he'll still be unable to work or attend school, and will still be using alternative at home treatments to help with his health. We are back to broke, and looking for help for his everyday life expenses.

Please continue to share. Any small amount helps. We are so filled with hope and gratitude! We'll keep you posted with how he's doing!!
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