In December 2017, Chun-Der a hard-working and dedicated doctor was struck with intense stomach pain forcing him to leave work and head to the ER. At that time, his tests only showed an enlarged lymph node with some inflammation thought to be due to a stomach bug. While he still suffered with pain, he pushed through attributing his symptoms to diet, as well as stress related to work and raising a four year-old daughter and 3 year-old son.
By April, he received the devastating news that he actually had CANCER and the small lymph node they saw previously had grown into a large mass wrapped around his intestine. He was subsequently diagnosed with advanced Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma. Unbelievably, his wife, Jessica, also had lymphoma as a teenager and now she has been forced to relive this nightmare with her husband.
After undergoing 5 months of grueling chemotherapy, he and his family suffered another blow when they learned the treatment did NOT work to eradicate the disease. Prognosis is poor and he will now be entering a clinical trial at MD Anderson Cancer Center for further treatment.
Anyone who knows Chun-der knows that he is always one of the true lights in this world - positive, humble, encouraging and always there for everyone he knows in a heartbeat. He and his wife, Jessica, have two young children ages four and three. Due to the extensive nausea and other side effects from treatment, Chun-der has been unable to work and support his family during this difficult time. He has significantly growing medical bills, many of which have been denied by insurance for coverage despite appeal.
He is facing further treatment in a city away from their home and they need every bit of support they can get, both emotionally and financially.
How You Can Help
Just as he is always ready to rally for us, we need to rally for him and his young family. No donation is too small so please help in any way you can. Chun-Der can't wait to kick this horrific cancer so he can get back to spending time with his family, being a rock-star physician, and helping others.
Funds will be used for medical bills and related costs as well as travel and related costs while seeking medical treatment for an extended period of time in a city away from their home.
Please also consider joining the bone marrow donor registry via https://bethematch.org/ - while the chance of matching for Chun-der specifically may be low, you could be a possible match for another patient who needs a bone marrow transplant and all it takes is a cotton swab of the mouth!
Please include Chun-Der in your prayers that remission will come quickly.
Please share on your social media pages or with others who may be moved to help.
Thank you so much!
Mindy Yang and Melissa Leber