On June 20th, our step-dad, Chuck Frame, was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia. This illness is an aggressive and quickly developing form of blood cancer, and he is currently in critical condition, fighting for his life at Sunnybrook Hospital. We are asking for your support in helping Chuck fight this battle.
Anyone who has ever met Chuck knows that he is a strong, vibrant, fun-loving man with a deep passion for Chevelle Muscle Cars. He loves nothing more than being surrounded by his friends, family, and Chevelle community. He lives in Toronto with the love of his life, Randi, and always looks forward to spending time with his boys in Georgetown, Ontario. He celebrated his 55th birthday on June 10th.
About three weeks ago, Chuck presented with flu-like symptoms while on a trip to the US, where he was restoring his dream car -- a 1966 Chevelle Malibu Convertible. Despite the multiple trips to the doctor, he became more and more ill. Finally, on June 20th, Randi’s birthday, he was rushed to Sunnybrook hospital and diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia (AML).
Without treatment, AML can quickly be life-threatening. As an "acute" form of leukemia, it spreads quickly to the blood and other parts of the body. Chuck has always been an incredibly strong and healthy person, so the progression of this disease has been a terrible shock to us all.
To add to the shock, Chuck developed an infection in his right hip quickly after being transferred to Sunnybrook’s ICU. It required emergency surgery, which has since been followed by a series of other cancer-related complications affecting his heart and lungs. The leukemia continues to spread infection and inflammation around his body.
Chuck is a warrior. He has been fighting vigorously to improve his health so that he may confront his next opponent, cancer treatment. Unfortunately, because his body has been through intense trauma, he is unable to receive standard chemotherapy. The only drug he can tolerate is not covered by OHIP or insurance, and it costs tens of thousands of dollars.
The good news is that this course of treatment seems to be working. Despite ongoing infections, Chuck is getting stronger everyday. He will need subsequent rounds of treatment, with the added costs associated. We are extremely grateful this drug exists as an option.
Chuck will be in the hospital for at least one more month, which means he is unable to work. Our mom has also taken off the past few weeks to be by his side around the clock. Everyone is understandably concerned not only about Chuck’s state of health and well-being, but also the financial burden this situation brings with it.
It got us thinking about all of the kind offers people are making and asking, “What can we do to help?” Rather than flowers or magazines, any amount you can contribute to ease their financial burden would be very appreciated. Your donation will go directly toward supporting Chuck’s medical costs through this lengthy uphill battle.
Chuck, Randi, and the rest of our family would like to thank the staff at Sunnybrook Hospital for the outstanding care Chuck continues to receive, especially the compassionate nurses in the malignant haematology unit.
We would also like to thank our families and friends for their unconditional love and encouragement during this difficult time. Your support has brought us all such positivity and optimism, and has given Chuck the strength to fight.