We are reaching out to you today under circumstances which no one should ever have to endure.
Some of you are aware of Adam’s fight which started two years ago, for those of you who don’t know; here is his story:
Two years ago was Adam Ramos' first cancer diagnosis; at age 39 Adam learned that he had stage 3 rectal cancer. He began intense treatments of radiation and chemo immediately. Shortly after the diagnosis he went through an extensive surgery to remove part of his colon. The surgery required months of recovery- Adam suffered massive weight loss among other challenges on a daily basis. Through all of this though, he remained positive, with the support and love from his girlfriend Heather; his three kids; as well as friends and family, there was hope.
The doctors told Adam and Heather that they had successfully removed all of the cancer targeted by the surgery. The family celebrated the incredible news not knowing in a few months they would find out that the cancer had already traveled to his lungs. Still there was hope that they could keep the cancer from spreading with regular chemo treatments.
By this time the chemo treatments and doctor’s appointments had taken a huge toll on both Adam and Heather. Adam was unable to continue working and was on his third leave of absence. Heather was taking multiple days away from teaching her 4th grade class at Kyrene de Las Lomas Elementary School to care for Adam and get him to his multiple appointments. Beyond the physical and emotional pain their finances were also beginning to suffer.
After exploring all possible options, Adam’s oncologist referred him to Mayo Clinic for possible experimental treatments. Adam was willing to do whatever it took to continue fighting for his life and began participating in a clinical trial for a new type of chemo geared towards his form of cancer. He and Heather were hopeful that this would be the miracle they were waiting for.
Unfortunately the new drug was unsuccessful and although the chances of developing a brain tumor were just 3% it happened. On June 26, 2018 Adam again had surgery, this time brain surgery at Mayo Clinic to remove the tumor. It wasn’t long before Adam was joking and chatting up the nurses and doctors, again showing his unbelievably positive attitude. Sadly the cancer is spreading too fast and Adam has also been fighting MRSA and pneumonia, the cancer has traveled to his liver and the doctors are now advising care at a Hospice facility.
It’s impossible to begin to imagine what Adam and his family are going through right now as they’ve all learned the latest prognosis. The hardest part of this journey is facing the end and realizing that Adam is going to have to say goodbye to his three beautiful kids, loving girlfriend, friends and family. He has fought every step of the way but it somehow wasn’t enough.
Nobody plans or prepares for this, especially at the age of 41, even with insurance, the bills are piling up and will continue to do so in the coming months. Every bit helps, big or small. Please donate if you can to help get Heather and Adam through this devastating time.
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