UPDATE #4: Tom had his last radiation treatment 2 weeks ago and is starting to feel a bit better. His appointment for an MRI is in a few weeks and we will find out if the radiation and chemo have affected the brain tumour at all. We are all praying and staying hopeful. We are also hoping to hear back soon about some clinical trials Tom can try.
Thank you to everyone who has been sharing and to everyone who has donated so far. It really means the world to us. We will post an update as soon as we hear anything from his doctors.
UPDATE #3: Thank you everyone for your donations and endless support so far. We wanted to update you on Tom’s progress. It has been confirmed that the tumour is Glioblastoma and in stage IV. This is the worst news that could come with these turn of events. Tom and Izabela are awaiting their consultation for the Burzynski Clinic, and in the meantime they have already visited the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the proposed treatment was only limited to extensive radiation and chemotherapy. At this time, no clinical trials were available for this type of cancer at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Because of this, Tom has been looking for more opinions and will be receiving a consultation from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. We would like to personally thank Amhil Enterprises for funding the travel, accommodations and $7,000 towards starting treatment at Mayo Clinic. To read more about the Mayo Clinic, please visit (www.mayoclinic.org ). We are incredibly grateful for everyone’s love and positivity during these troubling times.
UPDATE #2: We are so thankful and blessed for all of the love and support that is coming our way. The Milton Springers (Klaudia's Gymnastics Team) has come forward and will be covering her Gymnastics enrolment. We are speechless about this, considering that this was our initial reason for creating the GoFundMe page. As a result, we will be lowering our pledge amount by $6,000 since Klaudia's gymnastics will be covered. All funds raised will continue to be used towards Tom's treatment as he prepares for the biggest fight of his life. To end this update, here is a message from Tom to everyone:
"To all of those helping me and my family in our difficult time. I am so blessed that I am surrounded by great people, that makes me stronger and I will fight to the end to live and be able to thank all of you for the support. -Tom"
UPDATE #1: We are incredibly grateful for all of the donations so far! Our initial goal to support Klaudia's gymnastics is 38% complete! We'd like to thank each and every person who is sharing this page with their friends and family. Tom will be sending personalized messages to all of the donors so far.
After many days of research, our family and Tom have found a clinic in the United States that could provide a strong alternative to chemotherapy at the Burzynski Clinic. We are waiting to hear back about when Tom can be admitted for his first observation at the clinic. Unfortunately as you may know, health care is expensive in the US - especially if you are not a citizen. Due to this, we will be raising our GoFundMe goal to $56,000 in order to help him through his treatment, as well as supporting our initial goal of keeping Klaudia enrolled in her gymnastics.
Again, anything helps us, whether a share or a donation, and so far we are so blessed to see the love and support from those around us.
For those arriving to this page for the first time, please read the full story below.
Beata Grudzinska Taylor, Ken Taylor and The Olemski Family
About The Burzynski Clinic:
"Personalized cancer therapy utilizes an understanding of each patient’s genetic make-up to unravel the biology of their cancer. Using this information, our physicians attempt to identify treatment strategies that may be more effective and cause fewer side effects than would be expected with standard treatments. By performing genetic tests and analyses, our physicians customize treatment to each patient’s needs.
Personalized medicine may include the combination of targeted therapies with conventional therapy. It may also involve the use of investigational agents (Antineoplastons), as approved by the FDA. Patients and/or their caretakers receive training for administering all therapies at home, as well as nutritional counseling."
More Info: http://www.burzynskiclinic.com
On Sunday, July 3rd, my brother-in-law, Tom, came back from Poland. He went to visit his parents since his mother is batteling lung cancer with only a short amount of time left to live.
Last Tuesday, July 5th, my sister (Izabela) and Tom were having breakfast on their back porch before she was going to leave to open our Indoor Playground while their daughter (Klaudia) sat in the living room playing a game on her iPad. Tom all of a sudden felt like he was going to throw up so he went inside. Before he could make it to the washroom, he collapsed right in front of Klaudia and had a seizure. Klaudia yelled for her mom and when Iza saw what was happening, she called 911.
Tom had lost his memory for the whole morning and didn't know who he was or that he was even in Canada. He forgot how to speak English and could only respond in our native language (Polish). By the afternoon, he started feeling like himself and his memory came back to normal. Tests were done and we found out Tom had developed a brain tumour over the last 6 months or so.
This past Tuesday, July 12th, he had brain surgery to remove the tumour. Unfortunately, the surgeon was not able to remove the entire tumour due to it's size and deep roots. The doctors also informed us that (speaking from experience) Tom could only have 2-6 months of life depending on how the chemo therapy works in a worst case scenario.
Tom is only 39 years old. Iza is 34. They have 2 beautiful children. Klaudia is turning 8 at the end of August and Daniel is turning 4 in 2 weeks.
We are all trying to stay positive, but we know that Iza will have to stop Klaudia's gymnastics. It is going to be too expensive for her to pay for it herself.
I am hoping to raise some money to help her with the payments for Klaudia's gymnastics since she is on the Provincial team and she hopes to be in the Olympics one day representing Canada. Any additional funds raised will be put towards paying their bills since Tom is not able to return to work.
I know it is a long shot, but since her father's health is in jeopardy at such a young age, the gymnastics will help to keep her mind occupied and hopeful for the future. Since she saw her father on the ground of their living room, she has not been the same. She can't sleep and never wants to be alone. I just want her to be happy.
Daniel is too young to understand what is happening. He simply thinks his daddy has a headache and isn't feeling well.
Anything can help. I will be forever thankful.
- Magda Gutknecht