On Wednesday, October 9th, 2014, my brother Clint was diagnosed with Mesenchymal Chondrosacrcoma. This is a soft tissue cancer that had affected his ribs, right lung, muscle mass and vertabrae.
In December, 2014 he did 25 rounds of radiation, to help put a 'crust' on the tumor so that doctors could try and remove it.
On January 22nd, 2014 Clint under went an invasive 23 hour surgery that involved 4 surgical disciplines. They will be using the most recent MRI to map out a game plan for the 22nd/23rd, but have made it clear that due to the the cancer's proximity to my spinal chord and other major nerve clusters, they will have many plans in place, but may have to throw them all out, and just wing it. Doctors removed 4 partial ribs, 3 vertebrae and did have to get a small piece of the dura mater (the thin lining protecting the spinal cord).
It has been 3 weeks since surgery and Clint continues to amaze the Doctors and nurses with his progress. He is still in ICU and is expected to be in hospital for about another 10 days. He is doing rehab for his breathing as well as strengthing his muscles etc.
He submitted his own personal research from 2[phone redacted], along with source material, to be presented at the next Sarcoma clinic meeting. The research and numbers show a drastic increase in 10yr survival rates from 10% for those that had no treatment beyond surgery, to 63% for those that had adjuvant chemotherapy. Clint's oncologist has been adamant that there is no value in chemotherapy for his personal type of cancer, a belief Clint has long questioned. Hopefully having this research presented in front of his colleagues he will be forced to see he may be wrong.
Even once Clint is released from hospital he still has a long haul ahead of him. We are fundraising for Clint and his family so that he is able to concentrate on his rehabilition.
On behalf of Kris & Clint and family I thank you for taking the time to support them.
- Aaron Doyle
- JoAnn Wald
#1 fundraising platform
More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more
Expert advice, 24/7
Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more