June 13, 2017: Blake was diagnosed with Stage 3 Laryngeal (throat) Cancer.
June 22, 2017
We got the plan of action:
"Plan A" is to undergo intense radiation & chemo treatment at the Dallas VA for 6 weeks. They will also be fitting him with a feeding tube into his stomach because his salivary glands will not be able to produce saliva needed to swallow & eat.
"Plan B" is surgery. "Plan B" would consists of removing his vocal chords & larynx; resulting in him not being able to talk or eat normal food again. They would also perform a tracheostomy: a surgically made hole that goes through the front of the neck into the trachea, or windpipe. A breathing tube, called a trach tube, is placed through the hole and directly into your windpipe to help you breathe.
Unfortunately, Blake will need to be out of work for at least 8 weeks to recieve treatment.
He has personal and medical bills to be paid during that time, while also providing for his two 14 year old daughters.
We have reached out to other organizations for financial assistance, but from what we hear, that could take some time.
At this time, we are reaching out for friends and family for assistance. Any help is greatly appreciated.
I would like to thank my family, friends, & Marine Corps brothers for all of your support during this time. -Blake Beltz