Our family has begun a complicated journey that will require your help if you wish to contribute to the fight for Chris’ life. First, I want to share Chris’ story:
On November 9, 2017, Chris was diagnosed with Stage III Vocal Cord Cancer. He is best friend & daddy to our eight year old son, Nicholas; a husband; a godfather to two amazing boys; a son; a brother; a nephew; an uncle; a cousin; a neighbor; a mentor; an athlete; a self-employed business owner (Landscape Design & Christmas lights), and a helper to so many friends and strangers. He is a young 55 years old.
Chris has spent most of his life and career being in service to others. He is often the first to lend a helping hand; a listening ear; or offer advice. He has passionately created beautiful yards, patios, subdivision entrances, & city centers with beautiful landscape designs throughout metro Detroit and has become friends with many of his past and current clients. Due to his recent cancer diagnosis, Chris has had to stop working, which has been very difficult for him to accept, until he can be free of cancer and have the strength and stamina to return.
In 2016, Chris underwent three surgeries intended to be curative. When each failed, he was rushed into radiation therapy which also failed. Now, doctor’s are recommending a complete laryngectomy as the next curative effort; however, they later add he may need chemotherapy if there still is evidence of cancer. The recovery from this major, life-changing surgery is enormous with no guarantee. Chris has an opportunity to receive a unique treatment plan that will reboot his system, engage his body’s natural killer cells, and to win the cancer battle without a life altering surgery and the potential for cancer to remain in his body. Unfortunately, insurance will not cover any aspect of this treatment and it is very expensive.
As I have become the primary provider for our family as a result of Chris’ health, our situation has become more complicated as my job position was eliminated just before Thanksgiving and I have become unemployed. We are now a family with a complete loss of income.
We have had many friends, neighbors, & family ask how they may be able to offer us help through this difficult time in our family. And, for those who know us, we have never been one to ask for help. And, for those who know Chris, he is truly a Servant Leader and is most often the first to offer a hand to help family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. At this moment in our lives, we must ask for help so that Chris has every chance available to him to beat this cancer.
How we can be a helper for Chris
Our family has come to the conclusion that immunotherapy is currently his best option for healing and survival. The cost is extremely expensive and even more so now that both of us have become unemployed. We are already worried about being able to cover our monthly expenses before considering his treatment costs and costly COBRA insurance premiums. We are requesting your financial help for treatment so that Chris can begin his potentially life saving treatments in January, 2018.
Prayers and positive energy will only go so far. Unfortunately, the medical treatment Chris needs is far out of our financial control and so much bigger than us, approximately $50,000USD. And, we still need to cover our basic living expenses until I can return to work.
If you will help us on our difficult journey, Chris and I have set up this GoFundMe account. We promise to keep you posted on Chris’ progress as we embark on each day, each week, & each month of his treatment and recovery. Please keep saying prayers and keep our family in your thoughts.
With a grateful heart for your love and support,
Chris & Holly Flaker
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