In August 2017 Mike noticed he was having some pain in his right side. Darlene begged him to see a doctor, but with it being race season and Mike being Blake's number one fan and head of the Silenzi pit crew, he put it off till September.
On September 11 Mike went to the hospital where he was told he was full of inflammation and given 2 weeks of antibiotic treatment. The inflammation responded to the treatment and Mike went in for a colonoscopy. This was the first moment that the Silenzi's world started to crack. Results from the colonoscopy showed a cancerous mass. Surgery was scheduled and the doctor was confident that he would remove it all and then life could continue as normal.
On October 19, 2017 Mike went in for a 5 hour surgery. One and a half hours into the surgery the doctor came out to talk with Darlene. It was in that moment that the ball dropped and their world got spun upside down. The doctor discovered that Mikes stomach lining was covered in cancer. The surgery was halted, mike was closed up and sent home. He was placed in palliative care. Instead of planning retirement, the Silenzi's are faced with planning a funeral.
But, if you know Mike you know that this is just the beginning. Even though they have not found an appropriate treatment in Canada they are looking at options at Roswell Park in Buffalo. This fundraiser is set up to help find a cure for Mike. This money will pay for his vitamin infusions to build his immunity so that his body will be able to fight this cancer. This money will pay for the natropath, osteopath and whole foods all required to get Mike to a point that he will qualify a promising clinical trial.
Please open your hearts and help us help the Silenzi's. Let us carry them up the mountain.
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