Shawn's Medical Fund

At the age of 50 , my brother Shawn suffered a serious heart attack mid July of 2017 and had an emergency Quadruple Bypass performed.  Soon after, while still recovering from this extensive procedure, Shawn was diagnosed with Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer. Cancer has also been detected at the stem of his brain.  Although he carries more risk factors due to his heart surgery, Shawn is currently receiving aggressive treatment.  He has already undergone surgery to remove his lymph nodes and one tonsil on one side of his neck, and is likely going to require having the other tonsil removed.  

He is now enduring an exhausting 7 week treatment plan at Sunnybrook Hospital which entails Radiation every day and Chemotherapy once a week.  
Shawn has been unable to work since his heart attack in July and has since lost all of his medical benefits as the company he was working as an Electrician for has filed for bankruptcy.  His treatment and medication (including the heart medication he still requires) has put him into a financial hardship.  He required preventative dental surgery and had 2 extractions prior to his treatment which was not covered by any benefits.  His daily commute incurs expensive fuel and parking fees. Although he receives some assistance from Trillium, it is not enough to cover all of his medical obligations and he is also faced with his regular cost of living while he is too ill for employment.

He is starting Week 3 of treatment (Monday Dec. 18th). While the process has been taking it's toll on him physically and mentally, his upbeat personality has been keeping him positive and very grateful to the medical staff who have come to know him well.  Here is what his exhausting schedules look like...

Although it is very difficult for us to reach out and ask for assistance, any small support would be extremely helpful to relieve some of the financial burden that has been accumulating since July.

We are truly grateful for any help.

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Kim Janauskas 
Barrie, ON
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