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In November of 2018 our dear friend Drago Sumonja began seeking medical advice for some digestive discomfort. By January 2019, his doctors had discovered a mass on his pancreas and numerous lesions on his liver, leading them to diagnose Drago with stage IV pancreatic cancer. In the month that followed, Drago’s pain got worse as he sought the opinions of several doctors and naturopaths around Southern California.
After much consideration, Drago decided to go with what was recommended by the conventional doctors across the board: an aggressive form of chemotherapy administered intravenously, along with numerous other drugs to combat pain and keep his organs functioning.
The first round of Chemo started the second week of February and it's been extremely challenging. But, as most of you know, Drago is a fighter - he’s grinding it out, one round at a time, like a true champion. After three weeks of injections, with one week off for a break, the first round tests came back showing that his tumor markers were down, and that his liver function was improved, meaning the chemo is doing its job. He has two more rounds, and then his doctors will determine the next best course of action.
His insurance covers some of his treatments but not all of them, and his deductibles are pretty high. Our hope in putting this page together is to supplement the insurance in order to give him the support he needs to get back on his feet. We also want him to be able to explore every possible avenue of becoming and remaining cancer free without the added strain of worrying about money. Many of you have asked how you can help. This is an immediate and powerful way that you can do just that.
We want you to know that even if you aren’t able to give monetarily, any effort you make to get Drago’s story out there will be of great value. Thank you for your time, your consideration, and most importantly, your love.