Join Jimmy's Journey

 My dear friend Jimmy is an amazing single father of two beautiful young girls ages nine and ten. In 2010 symptoms of internal bleeding, problems swallowing and other abdominal pains began to appear. These would ultimately lead to abdominal surgery and treatments for blood loss. Those treatments ended with two visits to the ICU over the next two years in multiple hospitals throughout the DFW area. He saw multiple specialist which included GI doctors, Oncologist and surgical specialist.

Finally after multiple consultations throughout the county and years of tests and medical procedures to treat the symptoms in November 2015 they scheduled him for a surgery where they would finally diagnose him with a rare form of cancer called Carcinoid Cancer or Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs). In December they scheduled him for another surgery removing a total of four feet of intestines including his lymph nodes. Results would indicate that it had spread to the lymph nodes.

So now we sit and wait to see where it will show up.

Over the past two years he has opened up and started sharing what he has been going through. He has looked into ways to get the word out on getting screened early. He recently appeared on a local radio talkshow hosted by Stuart Sax to urge men and women to not ignore symptoms and to go and get checked. He continues to look for more ways to educate as many as possible because early detection is the key to winning the battle. kvgiradio/someone-you-should- know-09-08-2017-with-jimmy- ulik

Meanwhile he has maintained the steady routine of lab work, scans and procedures to keep an eye on the progress of everything. While hoping to see a steady decrease and eventual removal of all cancer that does not appear to be the case at this time. He is now needing to get more PET scan and Octriotide scan and as we all know these are very costly. More tests, scans and possible surgery awaits him in the near future. He remains confident he will win this battle and return to his charming suave self.

Yes. I am asking for help for him as he would never do so for himself. Whether it's prayer or helping offset medical and living expenses while he goes through this difficult time again. We are thankful for any and all of the support received. I hope this will put his mind at ease so he enjoys every minute with his daughters this holiday season and the foreseeable future. Christmas is his favorite time of year and as you may or might not know Christmas Vacation is his favorite holiday movie. Wouldn't it be nice to see his inner "Clark Griswold" come out again this year!!! Thank you and God Bless
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Organizer and beneficiary

Rhiannon Buono 
Frisco, TX
James Ulik 
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