Clint Side is my brother-in-law and he is battling for his life against glioblastoma multiforme grade IV (GBM) brain cancer - the most aggressive kind. He is an army veteran who did four tours of duty in Iraq. Clint fought bravely for his country, and now his wife (my sister), Reini, is bravely fighting to get the treatment he desperately needs.
Former Cancer Survivor
Clint's situation is very unique in that he has survived brain cancer for the past three and a half years. They first discovered a GBM in 2010 and doctors gave him less than a year to live, even with treatment. With chemo/radiation, and a huge amount of prayer, Clint beat the odds and has had clean MRIs for years.
A New Dad
To add to this miracle recovery, Clint and Reini welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Felicity last year. She and Daddy adore each other. Felicity is a true miracle and treasure!
Just a few months ago, a routine MRI indicated that Clint's tumor had returned. He underwent surgery in June but, due to the location of his tumor, only 70% could be removed. The remaining 30% was inoperable, as it pressed right against his speech/motor center. The tests revealed it was again GBM.
Fighting Red Tape for Treatment
Clint and Reini have been working tirelessly with medical professionals in Seattle to find the right treatment plan for Clint. They have jumped through hoop after hoop with insurance issues to make sure that Clint's treatment is covered. They just received the devastating news this week that his tumor is now too big for the treatment that the cancer specialists originally prescribed. So, they are in a race against time to get another treatment plan approved and started. It needs to happen within the next week!
Heavy Financial Burden
The expenses associated with Clint's treatment are adding up. They have co-pays, medications, gas bills for driving up to Seattle (which is an hour and a half away from their home), housing during Clint's treatment, and the list goes on. It is a huge financial burden for my sister, who works full-time and is the primary caretaker for both Clint and their 19-month-old daughter.
How YOU Can Help
I am asking for your support. As a community, let's surround Reini and Clint with our financial support and help ease their burden. Whatever you can contribute is very much appreciated!
Updates on Clint
If you are interested in receiving updates on Clint's progress and treatment, please take a look at their blog, hopeforclint.blogspot.com.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!
- Leila Willard
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