While everyone else was preparing for Christmas this year, Blake was getting a second opinion, finishing the fall semester at UF and then had to move from his apartment at school to come home after news of his surgery the end of January.
Blake is a 21yr old, 4th year Engineering student at the University of Florida. He was only 11yrs old when he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and now has high grade dysplasia in the colon (precancerous cells). We have been to the best hospitals in Florida and unfortunately Blake will need to have his colon removed. His surgery will be at Mayo Clinic the end of January where he will have a colectomy, ileostomy & a J-pouch created robotically in a 6-7 hr surgery. In several months he will have a 2nd surgery to finish the J- pouch.
One step closer to his degree and so determined he fought through to finish last semester even after missing so much while being in the hospital and going to doctor's appointments. He has had to take this spring semester off school and move home so family can help care for him after surgey. He has a lease on his apartment until August that he can not get out of and has been unable to sublease so far.
Money will be used to pay medical bills, travel expenses and rent. Any help will be greatly appreciated!!
- Eduardo Ronderos
- Gonzalo Nuñez
- Dianne Souder
- Lisa and Rob Blaker
- Jason Diaz
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