Firstly, thank you to all who contributed to a previous GoFundMe campaign for Chris. At that time, he needed lodging in a rehab facilility after receiving treatment for his cancer. We so appreciate the contributions that helped Aaron and Chris to concentrate on Chris' recovery.
Chris Parks, my son-in-law, is a 27 year old Canadian diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-ALL) in April 2017. He was living the busy life of an active 27 year old when the diagnosis came after he'd been having a persistent sore throat. He enjoys his family (even though most of us live over 3000 km away), his friends and a promising career in the video game industry.
Prior to his illness he worked on FIFA 2017 at EA Games. Before that, he worked at Digital Extremes, Rainmaker, Mercury Animation and several other studios in the few years since he graduated from Sheridan College in his home province of Ontario.
Since April, Chris has gone through four rounds of chemotherapy with the support of friends and family. He has stoically endured the harsh effects of chemo.
Consultations with his oncologists at Vancouver General Hospital and an assessment at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto revealed that there are no more treatment options available in Canada.
Chris desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. However, before this can happen, he needs enough of his cancererous "blast cells" removed to prep him for the procedure. The first three rounds of chemotherapy reduced his cancerous "blast cells" but after the 4th round, the cancer became even more aggressive and has put him in critical condition.
There are two clinical trials in Seattle, Washington that show a lot of promise in removing enough of the cancererous cells to get Chris ready for a transplant. In record time, we obtained the medical visa, other documentation, flights and the accommodation required to get treatment in the United States. We leave tonight, September 25, 2017. Today, as we were preparing to leave for Seattle, we received a letter from the Seattle Cancer Alliance asking for a deposit of $60,000 USD. Treatment for Chris at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance medical facility is expensive and it is not available in Canada. Between out of country treatment, travel, lodging, food and emergencies we need help to give Chris a chance for a cure. Even a small donation would go a long way to helping save Chris’ life.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. Thank you for your support.
Please spread the word!
(on behalf of friends and family of Chris)
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