The following link is a Facebook page with updates over the period of her treatment. https://www.facebook.com/FightingForMrsMinottsLife
Dr. Dennis Minnott, the leader of A-QuEST Jamaica, has been instrumental in facilitating the pursuit of college education goals at home and abroad for countless young Jamaican scholars, many of whom have gone on to have successful careers.
In 2013 Mrs. Sandra Minott, his wife and mother of their two young girls, was diagnosed with Stage IV/metastatic colorectal cancer (MCRC). This devastating disease had already spread to her lungs and liver.
The outlook for MCRC without treatment is very poor, and available treatments to save Sandi's life are extremely costly. We, the members of A-QuEST have launched this GoFundMe campaign to raise money towards Mrs. Sandra Minott's cancer treatment.
The Minotts have researched the best treatment options for MCRC, and are determined that Sandi gets the most advanced therapy as they hope to give her more than a fighting chance to be cancer-free. These include FDA approved colon cancer drugs Xeloda and Irinotecan. Most of Sandi's treatment needs to be done at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, 5 hours and many miles away from her home in Port Antonio. You can learn more about how these treatments help patients at: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/cancer/medicines/xeloda.html and http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/cancer/medicines/campto.html
Through their own means and the help of numerous family and friends, the Minotts have raised a significant amount of funds but this has only totaled to a small percentage of the amount that is needed. A significant portion of her medical expenses remain unpaid, and her ongoing treatment is anticipated to add to the cost of treatment. Through this GoFundMe campaign we are hoping to raise US$34,000 to cover Sandi's comprehensive cancer treatment.
The donations will go towards the following (all amounts in USD):
Past medical expenses credited (14 month period) $24,278
Chemotherapy Regimen (Xeloda and Irenotecan) $ 8,495
Transportation and fuel $548
Other Required Medication $186
(GoFundMe and their affiliates take a total >5% of the funds collected for using their services so we will need to raise more than the required total and current set goal to fully meet the need.)
The treatments are among the leading recommended chemotherapy for Stage IV (metastatic) colon cancer, and they are not without their challenges, but so far they have been working, thank GOD!
":On her last CT scan, the :tumors in her lungs were not apparent and those in her liver appeared to have been shrunken by about 60%. :In sum, both the chemotherapy and the surgery have yielded very good results and Sandi is feeling much better; she is functioning at about 85 percent of her normal strength and energy. In fact, she has regained about 72 lbs of the body weight that she lost during the most stressful stages of her illness in 2013. In practical terms, thank God, Sandi's life has been extended and she is happy.
[She needs to]: continue aggressive chemotherapy and to keep monitoring her progress by blood work, imaging and other techniques. Meeting these :requirements is financially challenging and : we are now lagging in the pace of her treatment.
Please accept our gratitude for your unstinting support so far. You have played such a major role in helping us to fight this mortal battle!"
With Much Love,
Dennis and Sandra Minott
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that Sandi sees the prescribed regimen all the way through. She is almost there, but to halt the treatment at this stage is life-threatening and NOT AN OPTION. SHE CAN'T STOP NOW, and YOU have the power to help. Here's how:
We are asking you to give whatever you can and also to reach out to others. EVERY BIT COUNTS. Ask another person you know to give. In fact, if each person gives $10 and asks 9 of their closest friends and family members to do the same, we could reach the goal with 340 people. But whatever you can give, more (or less) it really counts. Please join in the fight against cancer for our beloved Sandra Minott!
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We ask for your financial support, your prayers and encouragement. Please SHARE this Go Fund Me page on Facebook or by any other means possible. God bless you!
This campaign comes to you from the following A-QuEST members and Dr. Dennis Minott:
Dr. Gavin Jones