Mark Weatherwax's Cancer Fund

My brother Mark has been fighting non hodgkin's lymphoma for over 5 years now.  Mark is currently on his third clinical trial for his cancer treatment and has suffered through 2 stem cell transplants, leaving him with a compromised immune system.  As this long fight continues, Mark is once again needing our help. 

Last friday afternoon, October 21st, he started having some issues walking.  Saturday morning, October 22nd, he woke up feeling chest pressure and having difficulty breathing.  He dialed 911 and was rushed via ambulance to Beaumont Royal Oak hospital.  His potassium levels were dangerously low and he began receiving IV treatment.  As the next few days progressed, his body became weaker and weaker.  Tests at admission finally came in after about 3 days positive for CMV.  This is a condition that many people do have but most show no symptoms.  Unfortunately, this viral infection can have a very negative effect on someone with a weak immune system.  An additional treatment for this infection was ordered.  His body continued to get weaker and he now cannot even lift his arms or lift his head off of his pillow.  His breathing became more and more difficult.  Consulting with the doctors again, it now appears that the CMV has brought on Guillain-Barre' syndrome, a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves and has progressed from his feet up his body and now is affecting his breathing.  He has been intubated and is receiving treatment.  His prognosis is guarded and we are hoping for a full recovery, but his road will be very difficult and will take some time. 

For any of those that have given in the past to support Mark and his family, I thank you.  For those that have seen this and considered helping, please, please do.  His wife and daughter are having to deal with the stress and uncertainty of the near-term future and the realization of the battle yet to come.  If this is the first you are hearing about this, please consider making a donation to help his family through this difficult time and please send prayers for a quick and successful recovery from this next stage in his fight against cancer.

I sincerely thank you for your time and please consider making a donation to help Mark and his family.


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David Weatherwax 
Royal Oak, MI
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