Support My Brother’s Fight Against Cancer

Hi. My name is Chelsea and I want to tell you a story about my youngest brother. When he was 2 years old he had multiple seizures which led to him being diagnosed with a brain tumor that resides in the left parietal lobe of his brain. Because of the location, he was never able to have it biopsied or removed as the consequences would have been too great a risk, even potentially fatal. Most of his childhood was spent getting MRIs to ensure that the tumor didn’t grow and thankfully it never showed enough significant growth to cause concern. That meant that while he experienced side effects from the tumor such as sleep disturbances, trouble with some math problems, or understanding the way certain phrases may be worded, there was minimal risk to his life to leave it there despite it causing some minor impairments.

Fast forward to now, he’s 26. He has one of the biggest hearts. This year during COVID he and my mom are putting together Christmas Packs for the Homeless. Any small bit of extra money he has is going towards helping someone else who's having a rough go in life. He’s also a huge animal lover and is always donating food and litter to their local animal rescue organizations.

Due to existing medical conditions such as PTSD, autism, and the impairments caused by the existing tumor. He’d been experiencing multiple abnormal growths all over his body in bone and in soft tissue, which prompted his family doctor to order a lot of tests including several x-rays, blood tests, ultrasounds, nuclear bone scans, CTs, and a full head and spinal MRI to see if they could figure out what’s going on. On December 10, 2020, after finally receiving an MRI for his brain, he was told that he has another tumor. This one is located in the left frontal lobe, interrupting the speech cortex, touching the motor cortex, and subcortical structures, extending toward the ventricle and it’s a Glioblastoma.

In case you don’t know what that is, it's the most aggressive form of cancer that often starts in the brain and can sometimes spread throughout the body. The life expectancy of someone with glioblastoma who receives treatment is only 14 months.

So what does this mean… It means that even if he is a candidate for surgery it could potentially leave him with several permanent deficits including becoming a paraplegic, quadriplegic, unable to speak, leave him blind, or worse given the location of the tumor. It will mean months and months filled with multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation in hopes to extend his life.

This will have a huge financial impact on my family and that is hopefully where you come in. We need your help to be able to provide financial support to our parents, Carol and Alan as they will incur many expenses that they just can’t afford. Things for my brother like expensive medications
that aren’t covered, medical supplies, mobility aids, quality of life aids, hospital parking, and time off work for multiple visits to specialists. Things like potential renovations to make their home wheelchair accessible and additional medical equipment to help properly care for him for the rest of his life. As well as possible alternative treatments or medications just to be able to help him be more comfortable.

We know that so many are struggling during these difficult times so we all thank you in advance for any donations and appreciate anything you can do to help or raise awareness. 

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  • Holly Martin 
    • $100 
    • 4 d
  • Sean & Shyla Lacroix 
    • $50 
    • 5 d
  • jo king 
    • $10 
    • 13 d
  • Reila Bird 
    • $100 
    • 16 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 16 d
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Fundraising team (2)

Chelsea Alderson 
Organizer
Raised $2,160 from 19 donations
Carol Buick 
Team member
Raised $1,800 from 11 donations
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