Don’s unwanted journey began when they got back from vacation. He felt tired, had fever, body aches and cough. Since it was flu season, that’s exactly what they thought it was. After several days when his condition was not improving, they decided to go to urgent care. From urgent care to the endocrinologist to the oncologist. From X-ray to Cat scan to biopsy. Our family will never forget the day when we were all gathered at the doctor’s office including Don and the oncologist confirmed he has stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. WHAT? We were shocked, confused, and in disbelief. Don is only in his mid 50’s! Health conscious, goes to the gym frequently, and not a smoker! How did he get this horrible disease? 85 percent of lung cancer is NSCLC. Meaning, you don’t have to be a smoker to get this disease. In Don’s case, we don’t know how he got it.
In times like this, instead of focusing on the WHY we want to focus on the treatment plan for Dondi, try to ease his pain, and support the family. This is where I thought you can help.
We opened this go fund me account so we can help the family pay for some expenses the insurance will not cover. From a heating cooling therapy machine, food so they don’t have to worry about cooking, hospital bed rental to Uber transportation during days when a family member does not have the strength to drive to his appointments due to sleepless nights.
We are hoping and praying that the chemo therapy that will start next week will keep the cancer at bay.
Please keep Dondi in your thoughts and prayers. On behalf of the Sales family, thank you for your support. God Bless.
- Maria Santiago
- Anne Marie Gorbett
- Myrna Hilario
- Serafin Medalla
- Cynthia Moffat
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