In late September, Garnet and Autumn had set a date to be married. He had planned on switching to Autumn's employee health insurance program once they had signed the paperwork. Unfortunately in the interim before the wedding, Garnet was uninsured. He has since been able to gain insurance through the health care marketplace, but the plan won't retroactively cover his surgery and ICU stay. He's already incurred incredible costs for his care, including a craniotomy, 2 weeks in the neuro ICU, and now chemo, radiation, and visits to a fertility clinic. All told the expenses could be anywhere from $300-$500,000.
This type of cancer requires that Garnet receive continued treatment for a number of years to come. But, he remains deeply positive about his prognosis! He has already recovered remarkably well. But, residual visual deficits have left him unable to drive, work (he is a physical therapist), and participate in the many activities that he loves and excels at.
Anyone who knows Garnet, knows how shocking this is. But they also know that if anyone has the willpower and the grace to rise to this new and uncertain moment, it is him. Garnet has given almost all of his time, since graduating high school, learning how to heal others. Since receiving his doctorate in physical therapy, he's been given the opportunity to lead a new franchise of a successful PT company in Buffalo NY. In just a short few years he set up a clinic that was not only profitable, but a respected institution with a reputation for helping a wide community of people. It is uncertain when he will be able to return to his work, though he is eager to be back.
Garnet cared deeply about the people that he worked with - about providing them with a road to something better. It is my hope in setting up this fundraiser that we - Garnet's community - can now return him the favor. With all the advances in medicine, it still seems that one of the best tools we have is each other.
Any donation of any amount is incredibly helpful. If you can't donate at this time, please consider sharing this fundraiser on whatever platform you feel comfortable. We've set a high goal, but little by little, I believe we can achieve it. Thank you for helping a man we so deeply love.
I’m feeling positive that I’ll beat this. I’ve been looking forward to marrying my fiancé, Autumn, for the past three years. We had our wedding planned during the time I spent in the ICU and she was nothing but supportive. I was uninsured for my first week in the ICU and had planned to take Autumns insurance the following week after we were married. Turns out medical events don’t follow planned timelines! I fiercely want to be a dad and I’m looking forward to having a child. I have school loans and a mortgage that I’m currently paying and without work, money will be tight. Words will not do justice to the gratitude I feel for your donation.
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