My name is Charles Bowman, my friends call me Bud, my players call me Coach Bud. I’ve been coaching youth sports for 20 years, the last 10 re-establishing Bear Creek Baseball in Dundalk, MD.
Last July I was diagnosed with HPV+ Oral Cancer in my tonsils and salivary glands. I underwent both Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy from August to November. Follow up CT, PET and MRI scans in January and February revealed I still have cancer, in my lymph nodes and at the base of my skull. This location is affecting my 5th & 6th nerves which is giving Bells Palsy like symptoms that have paralyzed the left side of my face affecting my speech. I also have blurred vision when reading and double vision. For which I must wear an eye patch.
These two afflictions make impossible for me to return to work. Since I have run out of unemployment insurance and am months away from knowing if I will be approved for Disability, I am in dire straits. I need to keep making COBRA Insurance payments in order to continue to receive treatment. I also need to begin chipping away at my unpaid medical bills which exceed $30,000 at this point.
I’ve started this GoFund Me in hopes of continuing this fight.