"The long battle"
August 4, 2017: An MRI revealed Chris's tumor is back. Not just any tumor, a rare Glomus jugular tumor. It is a skull-based brain tumor with unlimited blood supply. It is a beast of a tumor, growing at an alarming rate.
The tumor is growing like tree roots inside Chris' head and neck.
The tumor first emerged in August of 2010, when Chris was only 19 years old. The tumor started at the base of Chris's skull and snaked its way down his jugular. It was cutting off his blood supply and escalated to a life and death situation in just two months.
On October 6 & 7 of 2010, Chris had two surgeries to save his life.
He survived, but was faced with a two-year recovery plan. he spent 8 days in the ICU and weeks on a feeding tube. Due to an allergy to narcotics, Chris went through recovery with nothing more than Tylenol.
It took months and months for the surgical swelling to go down. He suffered a huge list of side effects, but it was impossible to tell which were permanent and which were a result of the swelling.
Chris' recovery was long, but went well. He got to keep the scar!
Mostly recovered, it was time to start living again! Chris got married and started a career. In January of 2015 his son Braxton was born!
Braxton was born with Arthrogryposis, a congenital disorder which attacks his joints. In order to walk and open his hands, Braxton will need a series of surgeries.
Braxton has already had multiple surgeries, but look at that smile! Braxton is a trooper!
Chris has been by Braxton's side every step of the way. As the family rallied around Braxton, Chris recieved terrible news. An MRI on August 4, 2017 revealed Chris' tumor is back.
Chris, a young father now, must once again fight the brain tumor that almost killed him in 2010.
The rules are different this time around. The tumor has already cost Chris his job, and with it, his insurance. His paperwork is stuck in limbo and the clock is ticking. Tim the tumor is wrapped around an artery behind Chris' right eye and is already growing. Surgery is not an option, but there is treatment.
Radiation can shrink shrink Chris' tumor and prevent it from growing, extending his life by decades.
But treatment is expensive. The medical community is already working with Chris, but funding has turned into a major roadblock and the clock continues to tick.
Chris needs to travel to Seattle, Washington to see a specialist before he can start radiation treatment. Then there is the price of the radiation treatment. Once the dust settles, Chris will most likely have to pay well over $100,000 in medical expenses.
He can't do it alone. Chris needs your help. Please donate.
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