In late March, after a fun filled week visiting family, the return flight home brought pain to Brandon’s chest. After WEEKS of testing, a mass the size of a softball was discovered in his chest wall, VERY close to his heart, pressing against his Coronary and Pulmonary Arteries. Every time this bull of a man lifted his arms, the mass cut off blood flow to his lungs and heart, making him faint. A biopsy revealed Stage 2 Primary Mediastinal Large B Cell Lymphoma.
He continues to fight this with optimism and good humor, as he must be hospitalized at Mt Sinai Hospital to receive a continuous feed of Doxorubicin, Etoposide, Vincristine and Rituxan for over 90 hours. The main treatment is usually about 6 courses of CHOP chemo plus rituximab (R-CHOP). Every 3 weeks, he must re- enter the hospital to recieve his Chemo: this is estimated to continue for an additional 5 months. After each treatment at Mt Sinai, he must remain house bound, wearing a mask at all times, to prevent infection. For that reason, Brandon cannot work, and has been unemployed for the past 2 months.
This battle is quite costly. Chemotherapy sessions,additional medications, tests and appointments in between are adding up. Unfortunately, insurance only covers a percentage, leaving Brandon with an estimated out of pocket cost
of more than $45,000!!
I'd like to raise money to help him purchase food and pay his rent, utilities, phone bill, Medical Insurance, to pay for tests/scans, doctor appointments , hospital visits/ stays and medications not covered by insurance.
Please help him continue to fight. Your contributions, whether big or small, will not go unnoticed. Even if you are unable to support financially at this time, please spread this message to friends and family: PLEASE SHARE it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, or texts. Any bit of support will go a long way. Thank you, God Bless you, and please continue to pray for Brandon.
- peyton gelineau
- Rosemary Capozella
- Rae Powell
Organizer and beneficiary
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