Aaron is doing all he can to "Check Cancer Into Oblivion" and has shown superior skills at keeping an upper hand in his battle with cancer.
Just a few months after purchasing their first home, Aaron was diagnosed with cancer.
In February 2015, Aaron went to the eye doctor because he was experiencing trouble with his vision. Shortly after that he was diagnosed with lung cancer that had metastasized to the brain.
Aaron continues to receive chemotherapy on a weekly basis. In January there was quite a scare with the cancer in his brain. A shunt was placed in his skull and now he receives additional chemo directly into the brain each week.
Why Aaron developed lung cancer is an unknown; he has never smoked or even lived with a smoker. Radon levels have tested out fine. Regardless of the reason why the cancer developed, Aaron’s ‘checking’ skills in his cancer fight have been phenomenal. However, the most recent blow from cancer has affected Aaron’s hearing. He is able to hear the sound, but cannot process all of the sounds into understandable words. This has made various tasks challenging to say the least, and as a result he will be leaving his position as a Graphic Designer with Li-Cor.
The loss of employment creates added bills that many young couples are not prepared to handle. In addition to the standard costs of living, high medical bills have been chewing into any savings they had, and now the cost of monthly insurance premiums is being added on. Aaron will be going on COBRA coverage beginning in August. Although COBRA costs more in premiums per month than other options, when all is totaled out, it is cheaper than having to meet the yearly deductible again. The current insurance premiums alone would cost nearly $1500.00 per month. To reduce costs, the plan is to drop some of the coverages, but keep the medical coverage active for Aaron.
Although Aaron will no longer be working secularly; he has plans to keep busy, doing as much as he can in the ministry. If you have plans on being out and would like to work with Aaron, send him a text to see if arrangements can be made.
Asking for assistance is not tops on anyones list of things to do; however, we know that there are a lot of friends who would like to help, but aren't sure what to do. That is why a Go Fund Me page has been created.
Texting and reading notes is Aaron's preferred way of "hearing" from you - when you have a minute shoot him a card or text. Any assistance you can provide, whether it is giving of your time, resources, or remembering Aaron in your prayers is always greatly appreciated.
Aaron and Corey’s love grows stronger and stronger thru all of the ups, downs, and upside downs.
- Kelly Madcharo
Organizer and beneficiary
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