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!
pss - You can also mail checks if you prefer