My son, Doug Carlson, needs your help to save his life.
Please let me explain.
On Friday, February 3 our family received devastating news! His Pancreatic Cancer had spread to his lungs and he was having trouble breathing.
Doug is 58 years old and has been suffering from Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Cancer for over 7 years. This is a rare form of cancer. Almost every one dies from Pancreatic Cancer within one year.
However, intensive research on Doug's type of cancer cells has led to a new treatment called PRRT. For most patients it can add 3 or 4 years to a person's life, enough time to receive the future therapies that are expected to extend life even further.
That would be a miracle for Doug and our family! The only treatment facility in the U.S. at this time able to provide this new treatment is in Houston, Texas.
But Doug is getting physically weaker by the day. The surgeries, chemo and radiation treatments, medications, and multiple scans have all taken their toll. The side effects have led to chronic severe pain, almost daily vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty eating and drinking, and severe weight loss.
Through it all Doug has persevered with great support from family and friends, excellent doctors, a positive attitude, and with prayer and meditation.
Doug seldom complains. He is thankful for still being alive but concerned that the cancer is growing stronger and catching up to him. Doug has always given a helping hand to others who need help. Now he is the one who needs it.
Doug MUST have this new treatment as soon as possible, before he becomes too weak to qualify for it.
The challenge is the cost. His health insurance will not pay for PRRT treatments which total $40,000. There will also be numerous additional costs for the many trips from our home in California to Houston for stays up to one week per treatment. Doug relies on his Social Security Disability to pay his bills and cannot afford this life-saving treatment.
Please donate to help save Doug's life!
My family and I thank you so much for your consideration,
Paul Carlson, Doug's Dad
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