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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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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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Hello dear friends and supporters,

It has been awhile since we have shared any new information, and boy has a lot changed. We have
increased our need to $50,000 and I am sure many of you are wondering why. So, let me sum up.

Matthew is not getting better by any means. Because of the massive amounts of Chemo Matthew has
been on, as well as the Radiation, his body has been steadily declining. He is well passed the tipping
point between the treatment killing his body more than it is killing his cancer. Because of this… Matthew
has stopped his Chemo and Radiation. The downside is that his cancer can potentially spread unopposed through the rest of Matthew’s body. But the upside is that his body won’t fail before he gets the chance to kick this cancers ass once and for all. It was a difficult decision for him, but he feels it is the right one.

Currently, Matthew is undergoing an alternative therapy plan from home. While it is costly, time consuming, and exhausting, it is hopefully helping to heal Matthew’s body from the damage caused by his prior treatments. The goal is to bolster his strength until he can get to where he needs to be… Which leads us to the following.

We have heard a lot of concern about our original plan of sending Matthew to Mexico for an alternative
treatment. While there were some benefits to him going, we determined that those who spoke up
were correct, and there was more risk with a very thin margin of possible reward. As such, we
have cancelled Matthew’s trip to Mexico. He has been doing extensive research and found a more viable treatment in a much more reputable country - JAPAN!

The Immunotherapy treatment targeting cancer is based on the research from Kyoto University, which won a 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. This is cutting edge treatment. The prize was shared with a Texas researcher in the same field. The difference between the two is that the US restricted practical applications of Immunotherapy until recently, while Japan implemented study and then actual treatment. So, while there are finally clinical trials going on in the United States, they are extremely difficult to get into, have no history of success and are, frankly, decades behind. Meanwhile, we have found a clinic in Japan which has been actively using Immunotherapy to treat cancer for 15 years. All this amounts to the decision to send him there.

The basics for the Immunotherapy treatment are as follows: Outpatient surgery #1 to pull material from Matthew's tumors and lymph nodes. A week and a half in the lab to reprogram the t-cells and lymphocytes to recognize the cancer as an invader and then growing more of these t-cells. Outpatient surgery #2 is to implant the altered cells back into his body. Ultimately its goal is to teach the rest of the immune system how to fight off the cancer. That's kinda the bare bones, non scientific, and possibly slightly inaccurate description of our limited understanding of this treatment.

Matthew has completed a medical consultation that went very well. Turns out that stomach cancer is more prevalent in Japan. They looked at the info Matthew sent and think that their treatment could work well for him.

Some of you are catching on to the cost increase. Yes, it is far more expensive to go to Japan than Mexico. However, we have people who have helped us find ways to get there and back, as well as offered us places to stay and even friends in Japan to help support Matthew while he is there. All of that is a huge help, and we are beyond grateful. But that doesn’t cover the actual cost of treatment, which is $35,000. Matthew is an international patient, and they do not accept international financing. He must pay up front. They have availability to admit him Mid-March, though Matthew thinks he could delay as long as early April if absolutely necessary. After that, the already low odds drop quickly and significantly.

Obviously there are no guarantees this treatment will work, but it has better odds than any other treatments we've researched. Matthew is feeling real hope about it. We are running out of time, and we need help more now than ever. We know not everyone has the funds to donate. But hopefully everyone reading this has people they know. And I am begging you to not just give, but to also send this out to EVERYONE, no matter how weak your connection to them might be. If you have church groups, charity groups, connections to the mob, a mysterious uncle who left you a windfall...
we would very much appreciate the help! We know it is a lot to ask, but to quote one of Matthew’s favorite TV shows - “When you can’t run, you walk. When you can’t walk, you crawl. And when you can’t do that anymore… you find someone to carry you.” I am not ready to see lose my brother. Please help me carry him.
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The move back to Colorado was completed as of February 1st. Matthew and I have sat down and created a list of immediate needs and tasks that need to be completed. Unfortunately his health has not improved enough to allow him to attend classes, so he is taking a break from school and work. As well as starting the Gerson Therapy, we are also looking into an Immunotherapy treatment that just recently won the 2018 Nobel peace prize. This may lead us to Kyoto, Japan depending on criteria for patient intake. We are still accepting donations, with the hope of treatment admission pending. There are no new updates on Matthew's health. We are in a holding pattern of sorts. He is out of it most days, and spends the majority of his time bedridden. We will continue to look for solutions. Thank you for all the love and support. It has really kept us going!
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