Would you like to be part of the miracle? In May of 2017, our friend and community member, Mike Burton, had his right kidney removed due to renal cell carcinoma. The surgeons reassured him and his family that the cancer had been removed, and all was well. Until the coming November when Mike was feeling poorly and it came time for his six-month checkup. Scans revealed many nodules in his lungs determined to be the metastases of the cancer. He now has Stage IV renal cell carcinoma that is spreading into his lungs.
The diagnosis occurred November 22, 2017, and since then, he has undergone multiple and extensive life alterations such as a conversion to a plant-based diet, and the adoption of several cancer-combatting methods. Doctors have labeled Mike's condition as "incurable but treatable," and they hope to manage his disease with several drugs targeted at the cancer cells. Later, they will progress by attempting to boost his immune system and aid it in recognizing and healing the cancer. This is a challenging procedure for him to go through, while also trying to maintain some normalcy in his life. While chemo and radiation are not an option for his type of cancer, side effects from his medicines are still a major worry.
In the midst of all this turmoil, Mike still must continue to work and pay medical costs hovering at $12,000/month just for the prescriptions. While he does have insurance, his plan requires him to pay the substantial out-of-pocket costs. The recurrence of his cancer came with many stressors for him, but one of the utmost troublesome and problematic is the financial burden. That's why we turn to you.
Mike strongly believes a cure requires a combination of Western medicine and well-researched complimentary care and that a cure can be achieved. Any donations will first go toward medical bills and prescriptions. Next, he will pay for his essential complimentary care which can be quite expensive and not covered by insurance. Donations are needed as soon as possible as costs never stop coming. Mike and his family would greatly appreciate any contributions you can provide. He stands very clear that this journey is not about “managing” the disease as the doctors might hope. The goal is clear: nothing short of a radical remission and a complete healing from the cancer. Come be part of the miracle!
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