Fight Cancer with James

My name is Aaron Lackie and I am writing this for my good friend James Ammon who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Rectal Cancer. James is the loving husband of Betty Ammon, who he met on a mission trip to Mexico.  They have three children; David (9), Allen (6) and Charlotte (3).  James is the sole provider for his family. For as long as I have known James I have seen him as the kind of man who is stable, works hard for his family and tries his best to do the right thing. Which is probably why it took my wife and I by surprise when James started getting sick a few months ago. 

When the abdominal pain began and James went to the hospital for the first time, doctors told him he had appendicitis and removed his appendix. This did not relieve the pain, but he learned how to control it with diet.  Then in May, James went to another hospital when the same pain returned.  This time doctors told him that it looked like he had an infection in his intestine. After taking a closer look doctors discovered that his large intestine was 97% blocked by a mass. Doctors took a tissue sample to determine if it was cancerous and also did some other tests. They also performed a surgery giving him an ileostomy bag so that he could eat food again (because the mass was close to not allowing any food to pass). 

A few days before James’ 40th birthday the doctors came to him and Betty with the results of their tissue sample. It was cancer. Doctors had also been doing some other tests. From those results James learned that his cancer was at Stage 4 because it had likely spread to his liver. Doctors then came and advised him to begin intensive chemo therapy as soon as he healed from his ileostomy surgery. Doctors also let him know that aside from the surgery to remove the mass they would also likely have to perform surgeries to remove a portion of his liver. They then went on to say that even with all of this, intensive chemo therapy and the surgeries, they believed that he only had a 10% chance of surviving five years.

With this in mind James began hunting for anything else that he could do to increase his chances, and his research paid off. He found a cancer clinic, the Hope 4 Cancer Institute, which uses various treatments to starve cancer, prevent its growth and reduce its blood supply. The clinic has international patients from Europe and Australia and has had success with patients who have had advanced cancer. James and Betty were able to visit the clinic and afterward feel confident that this clinic offers additional treatment options that will help James fight cancer to the fullest extent. 

We are asking everyone who is reading this to please pray for him and his family. Thank you in advance for any financial gift you may be able to offer to help James fight this cancer. God bless.  

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Aaron Lackie 
Grand Rapids, MI
James Ammon 
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