For the last few months Ian had some serious pains that he assumed were related to Celiac and changed his diet many times trying to find the cause but the symptoms didn't stop. Three weeks ago Ian found himself doubled over in pain. Sara rushed him to the hospital. After many tests the doctors found a 10cm mass behind Ian's intestine. The mass was not inside any organs but strangling them from the outside.
Ian was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma - the fastest growing human tumor and a form of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Doctors have identified Ian's cancer as treatable with aggressive chemotherapy.
With two treatments already, Ian is seeing the benefit as the tumor slowly releases its grip on his organs. At this time, Ian has been out of work for weeks and may not be able to return. He also doesn't have health insurance. The costs of his hospital stay, prescriptions, chemotherapy and rent are a burden for someone already fighting for his life.
I've been able to visit with Sara and Ian through Ian's stay in the hospital. They are so lucky to have each other through this and I am amazed at how strong they have been together and individually.
Sara and Ian both were hesitant to ask for help but I've offered to set this up for them. When a loved one is sick like this, we can all feel helpless but donating is something that will directly benefit their situation and ease some of the stress in the coming months of difficult therapies - most importantly it will help Ian and Sara focus on Ian's recovery.
This fund has been set up to aid specifically Ian's medical expenses and cost of living. Every little bit helps. Please consider contributing if you are able - your love and support is so appreciated.
- Leigh Sparks
- Michael Dunlap
- Sandra Arreola
- Patricia Williams
- Denise Johnson
Organizer and beneficiary
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