Dylon Whyte is an exceptional actor, talented artist, computer guru, a confidant and mentor, a friend, a husband and contributor to his community. Many know him through his creative pursuits including his beloved Art of Chainmail, theatrical and cinematic performances, and independent publications. As an innovative spirit he has always embraced challenge in his life.
But sometimes the universe throws curve balls that you weren't expecting and couldn't have prepared for.
In the spring of 2019 Dylon started having breathing issues that were assumed to be asthma or allergy related, but his condition worsened over the summer months. His face started swelling and he experienced shortness of breath that was so severe he couldn't walk without exhausting himself.
In September 2019 Dylon went for a chest x-ray that showed his right lung was full of fluid, followed by a CT scan at Health Sciences North in Sudbury that exposed a lump pressing into his heart and lung. He was immediately admitted to the hospital.
Further testing revealed that the newly discovered mass was inoperable. At 15 x 8.5 centimeters in size the tumour was so large it had nearly cut off the main vein that carries blood from the upper body to the heart (superior vena cava).
Never one to give up, Dylon and his wife Ashley decided they would do whatever was necessary to help him gain back his health. First up was the insertion of a chest tube to drain his lung. then a biopsy to confirm what type of tumour they were dealing with and a series of tests to see whether the cancer had spread to other areas of his body.
At the age of 45, Dylon was diagnosed with Primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL), a rare and fast-growing (aggressive) subtype of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL).
Dylon was immediately started on chemotherapy while in hospital with a total of 8 cycles of treatment scheduled every three weeks. In October he was discharged and received 3 more rounds of chemo before developing pneumonia in November which he is still recovering from.
Discovering a life threatening condition like cancer is truly heart breaking and for Dylon it happened shortly after his father passed away, someone whom he had looked after until just months before his own health declined.
Dylon and Ashley's lives have been suddenly and profoundly altered, their plans for the future paused until his battle with cancer is won. This is something they could never have expected, especially with the recent loss of a family member. Demands of his treatment and illness have prevented them from regular work and a stable income as healing has become their number one priority.
Please consider supporting Dylon and Ashley as they navigate this journey in hopes of continuing their lives together.
All funds raised will go directly to Dylon and Ashley.
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