Our delightful Corey Drayton has been diagnosed with Stage IV Adenocarcinoma. He needs your help.
On 12/14 Portland-based cinematographer, Corey Drayton was officially diagnosed with Stage IV Adenocarcinoma. This is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that demands equally aggressive treatment of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Help Corey fight this cancer!
Few of us are strangers to exorbitant healthcare costs. Beyond surgeries and medicine, there are also day to day costs, such as rent and bills. Corey will be unable to work for at least 6 months while undergoing his cancer treatment. We asked The Great MaterialContinuum to pause that whole rent and groceries costing money thing, and it was all "nah." What a jerk.
Treatment will begin right after Christmas, which means the hardest is yet to come. On 12/18 doctors surgically inserted a Chemo port in Corey's chest that will soon deliver 24/7 IV chemotherapy directly to his heart. Radiation will be administered 5 days a week, the dosage high and difficult. Corey will have to endure 6 weeks of this treatment for the first phase, before his care team can assess his progress in fighting the disease. Further chemo and radiation may be needed at that point, and it still may take 10 more weeks before the mass can be surgically removed. This is no Street Fighter arcade game, folks. Corey is one tough fellow, and he's ready to TKO cancer with the "Hadouken smash!"
Nothing could have prepared us for the new reality we're facing. At 36 years old, it's the last thing we would have expected. We want to focus on Corey's healing and comfort, and not worry about how to pay the bills. Your donations will help to carry the weight of this tremendous financial endeavor so we are able to do so.
Help us reach our goal! We truly appreciate any support you can offer, as well as sharing this link so Corey's loved ones far and wide can contribute during this difficult time.
As Corey always says, "Cheers!"