July 17th, Ben was rushed to the ER following a severe migraine episode. Within hours, fluid was discovered on his brain along with a large mass. He was immediately transferred to the Medical Center in Houston & the same day underwent emergency brain surgery to insert an EVD (drain tube). Two days later, Ben underwent 16 hour brain surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor the size of a racquetball and lodged in the very center of his brain behind his cerebellum.
Obviously, this has been an abrupt change for Ben and his family (parents: Ty & Amy and brothers Isaac and Ollie) but we remain hopeful that he will make a full recovery. The overwhelming outpouring of prayers and support from friends, family, and even people the Taylors don’t personally know has been humbling and so very encouraging. There are no words, to express the gratitude Ty and Amy have for you.
The type of brain cancer Ben has is severe. As stated, he’s already undergone two brain surgeries and will begin radiation 8/24, followed by chemotherapy and ongoing rehabilitation. The neurology and oncology teams estimate this process will take approximately a year.
The costs are astronomical. Ben’s surgical cost alone was approximately $300k (this does not include radiation at MD Anderson, chemo, hospital stays or rehab). The medical bills have already exceeded $1million and are rising daily.
Ty has been, and continues to be a loving father and excellent provider. Recently, he went into business for himself. However, this caused a lapse in insurance. The family’s new insurance plan was to take effect Aug.1st (they were self pay in the interim). The day Ben had his horrible episode, July 17, Ty and Amy, along with their families, felt that Ben’s life was too precious to wait the two weeks until their insurance kicked in to see a neurologist. We’re so grateful for the wisdom the Lord gave Ty and Amy that day! After the cancer diagnosis, the insurance company they’d applied and been accepted to, would not allow Ben to be enrolled as he was considered to have a pre-existing condition.
The Taylors are working with a healthcare financial consultant to apply for grants that may reduce the costs of his ongoing therapy and treatments. MDA has required huge deposits to be made prior to the beginning of Ben’s proton therapy that Ty and Amy have paid for out of pocket. Their savings is almost depleted and the bills continue to arrive containing staggering amounts owed.
We have had so many people reach out to us since Ben had surgery and ask how they could help. They need your help financially! The numbers are far greater than they, or any hard working family, would be able to afford!
We are so thankful for each of you and believe your prayers and love are what have carried Ben and his family as they walk this cancer journey. The Lord has taken them into deep waters and we trust that our Heavenly Father will gather them into His arms and wade with them through this storm. Ben is not alone. His family is not alone. We pray that this story brings healing for Ben but, most importantly, glorifies our Savior...for He is good ❤️
You can read more of Ben’s story in the below link.
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