When COVID-19 cases rose in New York City, Ian responded to our nation's call by leaving his home in Arizona (where he worked and studied for his CPN license) and brought his emergency room experience to what was the epicenter of the pandemic at that time.
Towards the end of Ian's deployment, he started experiencing excruciating pain and nausea. Ian was admitted to the ICU at White Plains Hospital, where tests and scans identified a large mass in his brain; he was quickly scheduled for emergency surgery to remove a large percentage of the tumor.
A few days later, Ian was told he has a Grade IV Glioblastoma (GBM), a rare and aggressive brain cancer, an especially shocking diagnosis for someone Ian's age.
The path for treatment will require chemo, radiation, clinical trials, and professional expertise to slow the progression of this terrible disease.
At the time the brain tumor was discovered, Ian was not insured and is now reliant on all available aid to face both cancer and the many hospital bills that accompany it.
Ian has opened his heart and hands, gaining new loved ones and families as he worked to help others fight their battles, and now he needs our help to fight for him.
We believe in Ian, and choose to believe that he will be the exception against this cancer, just as he has been the exception in so many other things throughout his life. Please consider donating to remove the financial worries that come with extensive cancer treatments, and give our Nurse, Youngblood, the chance he deserves.
These funds will help Ian with previous and future treatments, therapies, and quality of life costs.
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