Brianna Raburn Spinks is organizing this fundraiser.
My brother Bryant Raburn is a 30 year old guy who has been dealt a really tough hand. 12 years ago he was diagnosed with a pretty aggressive form of Crohn's disease that required heavy immunosuppressant drugs to control. After being on these drugs for years they caused his body to develop acute myeloid leukemia. He was diagnosed with leukemia in December of 2012 and went through several chemo treatments to put it in remission, but that remission was short lived, as he relapsed in October of 2013. In November of 2013 he had to relocate to North Carolina to have a stem cell transplant at Duke, but his time there was wrought with setbacks which didn't allow him to have the transplant. He was, however, able to get into a second remission, so he moved back to TN in October of 2014. On December 31st of 2014 he went in for a routine bone marrow biopsy to make sure he was still in remission, but the results came back positive for leukemia. So he started another set of three rounds of chemotherapy to try to put his cancer back into remission. On April 24th of 2015 he had another bone marrow biopsy to see if the chemo had worked. To everyone's dismay, the leukemia had not been put into remission, but instead had become far more advanced than it's ever been before. So he went through some high dose, high risk chemo to attempt to put the leukemia back into remission. Fortunately, he was able to get back into remission, and after a couple more chemo treatments he was finally able to get the transplant! He has now, however, developed graft vs host disease which basically means his new immune system is seeing his body as foreign and attacking it. His doctors are confident they can get it under control, but this means new prescription costs and more medical bills. His number one stressor at this time, other than his health, is how he is going to pay all of his bills. It's going to be about $700 a month for his prescriptions even after getting into programs to help him pay for the two most expensive medicines on his list. That's on top of all his normal bills. Please help him in anyway you can.
Update: Bryant has been on high doses of steroids for about a year now, which have wreaked havoc on his bones. He had to undergo a complete hip replacement, but when doing the procedure, an infection was found in the hip itself. They went ahead with the procedure and put Bryant on an iv antibiotic. A little more than three weeks later the infection appeared to have got worse, so they went back in and had to remove everything and put a spacer in. The iv antibiotic is about $60 a day after insurance and the two hip surgeries are going to put Bryant in an even deeper hole than he already is in. He is in intense pain from the concrete spacer that was installed in place of his hip (it's basically concrete on raw bone) and is feeling extremely frustrated with his situation. His savings are dwindling and he's really not sure how he's going to afford all of his new bills. If you could help him out, that would be great.