Jose Antonio Estipona is organizing this fundraiser.
*UPDATE* Great news! We were able to raise 6,134 USD as of 07January2021! We are only short of 14,866 USD to be able to reach our goal, and I, along with our whole family, would like to give thanks to those who stopped to read the post, to those who were generous with their time and shared the post, and to those who donated for my brother's cause. Words cannot express how genuinely grateful we are for the people who shared their blessings despite the ongoing pandemic. We are also thankful for those who kept us in their prayers.
Along with thanksgiving, we would also like to give you guys an update about his current situation; he is still under dialysis, this time increased to a frequency of 3 times a week as advised by his physician while he is still inside the hospital. We recently had a meeting along with all his specialists regarding his treatment plan; as mentioned in the initial post, a mass was found along his sigmoid colon which was suspected to be cancer. Upon receiving the colonoscopy results, it was confirmed as stage four colon cancer with metastasis to the liver.
Surgery was given as a solution to be able to remove the obstructive mass along his colon; then discussions about chemo and radiotherapy were also mentioned as treatment after the surgery to address the nodules on his liver. Right now, he is being prepared physically, emotionally and spiritually to undergo the said surgery. We are so blessed to have a great team of doctors who are supporting us throughout this journey.
We would like to again give thanks to all of you. Please do continue to pray for my brother and if possible, please also share this post as much as you can. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Hello! Greetings from the Philippines! This is my brother JP, he is 41 years old and his favorite holiday is Christmas. He is generous in giving gifts and making Christmas a special day for everyone around him. This was how he spent Christmas this 2020, in the hospital, yet with his spirits still up.
On the 24th of December, we spent a day in the emergency room because he suddenly felt pain at the central part of his chest. When his blood pressure was taken it was found to have been 200/110 which came as a shock to us as he does not have a history of hypertension. Upon further lab tests, they found out that he had severe anemia, what seemed like a kidney disorder and was initially diagnosed with a heart attack.
On Christmas day, he was admitted and was transfused with 3 bags of red blood cell. He was in pain and so many lab works were done that it exhausted and scared him so much. Yet, he was still keen on giving thanks to the nurses and the doctors whenever they attended to him. That is how he is, he never fails to give thanks and to greet everyone with a smile, even when in pain. After all the tests, he was then diagnosed with kidney failure with less than 10% of his kidney working which brought about the complications of an enlarged heart, severe anemia and at that time gastrointestinal bleeding. Dialysis was performed.
After a series of more tests, the doctors found nodules on his liver and his colon which the doctors suspect as cancer. There are still a series of tests lined up for him (colonoscopy with biopsy and PET scan) plus a twice a week dialysis; as much help as we are getting it is still not enough because of increasing doctor's fees (he needs a lot of specialists by his side as most of his organs were damaged due to the uremia he experienced), more tests and hospital fees.
We currently were able to raise 300, 000 PHP (8,600 USD). We are aiming to reach a target of 21,000 USD to be able to get through hospital bills, the new lab tests, dialysis, eventually kidney transplant and possible cancer treatment. It is so hard to reach out right now because we understand the challenges of the current situation, we are all in (pandemic). But I really do hope that you will be able to extend a helping hand to our family.
To those who will fund for my brother's treatment, my family and I would like to thank you all in advance and may you always be blessed.