Help Davis Pay His Medical Bills

Davis has struggled with cancer for most of his young adulthood. At 19, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He underwent both chemotherapy and radiation for 3 and a half years. The chemotherapy treatment was part of a clinical trial, and many of the other patients in the trial did not survive. Thankfully, after almost 4 years of fighting, Davis received the news that his cancer was finally in remission! Aside from the checkups and blood work, Davis got the chance to experience some normalcy for a couple of years. Unfortunately, after having severe headaches in November of 2016, Davis underwent a CT scan that revealed a massive tumor on the right side of his brain. 

28768258_15224669160_r.jpegA neurosurgeon removed most of the tumor, but there was a small root penetrating the surface of the brain that could not be removed without damaging that part of the cortex. Once again, Davis needed to be treated with chemotherapy, this time to prevent the tumor from growing from the root. Unfortunately, the treatments were so expensive that he was forced to take out a loan just to pay for them. He began treatments in November of 2016 and finished his last treatment in November of 2017. The doctors had high hopes that the chemotherapy would treat what little was left of the tumor. Davis was very positive and optimistic throughout the whole process. Following his last treatment, he was scheduled to receive another CT scan to ensure that the tumor had not grown back. Still struggling to make payments on his loan, Davis could not afford to pay for the scan without meeting a very high deductible. He had no choice but to cancel his appointment for the scan. Then, in February 2018, the unthinkable happened. Davis was in the Front Royal ER with an excruciating headache. The doctor knew immediately that something was seriously wrong, so he was transported that night to Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was admitted to the intensive care unit while he waited to undergo the long overdue CT scan. 2 days after he was admitted, he finally received the scan. It revealed that the tumor had, in fact, grown back. He received another brain surgery to remove the tumor but, once again, a very small piece of the tumor could not be safely removed. According to the doctors, this is a very aggressive form of cancer called Ewing Sarcoma. Both the neurosurgeon and the radio-oncologist claim that they have never seen this type of cancer in the brain, as it is a bone cancer that typically occurs as tumors elsewhere in the body. The only doctors in the area who have experience with this type of cancer are at Children's National in Washington, DC. The doctors there determined that Davis needs a specific type of chemotherapy that is usually only used for children. This is an aggressive treatment that will likely make Davis very sick. He is not able to work, and he has not been approved for disability because the treatments are scheduled for every 3-4 weeks. With the debt from the loan, the hospital bills and the costs associated with his surgery, Davis is not able to afford his life saving treatment. As a close family friend, I pray that you will feel led to donate anything you can to help Davis not only pay off his debt, but afford the treatment he so badly needs. Even if you are not in the position to donate, I ask that you share this page to raise awareness about the crippling debt that accumulates when one is diagnosed with cancer. Prayers are also very much appreciated. The bible says that there is power in the prayers of many: “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for in prayer, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” - Matthew 18:19-20

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