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Help my Dad beat Colon Cancer

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Raised by 109 people in 11 months
Hi Everyone.  This is our dad, Jose Antonio, right before he went in for surgery. 

Our dad has always had an amazing outlook and positive attitude about everything! Even being diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer, his response was "It's all good", which is how he responds to anything in life - good or bad.

He was told it would be a simple procedure to remove the mass in his colon and he'd be on the mend and back to his life very soon!

However, once the surgeons opened him up, they discovered a very aggressive tumor in his colon that had spread to his pancreas and other sections of his large intestine. 

They ended up removing most of his colon and did their best to scrape the tumor off his pancreas. They also found numerous cancerous polyps - that were previously undetected on a colonoscopy.

His cancer was also found to be caused by Lynch Syndrome, which is an inherited condition that increases your risk of colon cancer and several other cancers, including brain, stomach and skin.  (unfortunately we will need to be tested for the gene as well).

But ... we're here to raise money for my dad's treatment and to help pay for living expenses.  See - when he was rushed to the emergency room in late June, he had just been laid off from a temp job, so he had NO health insurance and NO severance pay.

Luckily, my family has been able to get emergency funds to cover some of his expenses, but that will barely make a dent in the cost of his hospital stay, surgery, and his chemo and radiation treatments.

My mom is doing her best to hold down the fort; working, negotiating on my dad's behalf to get disability, etc.   And my brother and I are contributing what we can from our part-time jobs.

But, it's not enough.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Anything you can donate will be so appreciated!  

Lastly, My dad is an incredibly talented man too!  He's been working on a children's play called, 'Brother Elm - Guardian of the Meadow', which has been a lifelong dream of his to produce.  

Our goal is to make sure he's around to make that dream a reality!

Help us Help our Dad!

with Gratitude, Love and Thanks!!!

Jaime and Jesse

ps - our mom, Ellen, says THANKS SO MUCH too!

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It's been almost a year since Jose was diagnosed - and exactly 3 mo. since the tumor returned. But ... that didn't stop him from coming out and celebrating my birthday last night - in his usual 'juvenile' way! That was his GIFT to me!

Hoping to have many more years to celebrate with him!
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Hi Everyone! I just want to say THANK-YOU to everyone again for all the donations and prayers! We feel your love!

Jose has an appointment with his new oncologist next week and hopefully starting treatment. We'll keep you all posted!

We're so Blessed to have this beautiful community of friends all over the world!
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I wanted to update everyone about Jose's recent surgery. Unfortunately, they were unable to remove his tumor. It was more aggressive than the scans showed.

He's still in the hospital recovering from a stomach/intestinal by-pass procedure and we anticipate he'll be home soon.

Our next steps are to meet with another Oncologist and formulate a chemo/immunotherapy approach. We hope this will shrink the tumor so that it can either be removed, or give us more time!

We appreciate all your love, support, prayers and donations! We'll keep you posted!

In gratitude! Ellen, Jesse & Jaime
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Well - I know it's been awhile since our last update. The plan was to Celebrate Jose's last chemo treatment on March 26th. BUT - instead of a clean scan - his TUMOR is back. Bigger & more Aggressive than before.

He will be going back into surgery on April 19th. In addition to (hopefully) removing the tumor, they will also need to do a Whipple Procedure, which involves removing his Gall Bladder, section of his Stomach, Small intestine, and Pancreas. (see diagram below)

They may also need to take out his right Kidney if the tumor has spread. Lots of specialists involved this time around. It will be a long surgery & road to recovery.

We're asking for Prayers, Love, and Support as Jose and our family goes through this challenging time.

Thanks!!!!

With Abundant Gratitude for the gifts we do have and knowing that we are surrounded in Love,

Ellen, Jaime, & Jesse
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