At 30 years old, Post-Production Digital Colorist, Taylre Jones, is in the fight for his life. On September 13th, 2018 he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, an aggressive blood cancer, after two months of battling what appeared to be a stubborn cough and fever. After a lengthy process trying to diagnose the issue, he finds his cancer has progressed to Stage 3 with ten or more tumors in numerous lymph nodes spreading throughout his chest, abdominal, and pelvic regions.
Like many young self-employed paycheck-to-paycheck freelancers, Taylre was limited in the health coverage options available to him. He found health coverage that appeared to cover serious illnesses and catastrophic events. As he began meeting with the oncologist, he was denied coverage and informed that his plan only allowed reimbursement for inpatient treatment. He was told that the treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, like most cancers, is performed on an outpatient only basis except in select cases where surgery is required. Therefore, while his health declines, he is being saddled with medical bills that will likely exceed $80,000.00. This is all on top of accruing lost wages as the chemotherapy treatments challenge his system. Taylre has only just begun his lengthy chemotherapy treatment and already has medical bills to date exceeding $20,000.
12/09/18 -Taylre just received news after working for months directly with the CEO of his health coverage company and filing an appeal/investigation that some of the bills in Taylre's treatment will be granted partial coverage! Though some of the bills still do not qualify for coverage, this news will make a large financial difference cutting his goal in half as long as no complications arise in treatment or unexpected illness as a result of his extremely compromised immune system.
There is great hope in all of this. His oncologist is confident that with the proper 6 month chemotherapy treatment plan he has an 80%-90% rate of curing his cancer. In fact, to date, scan results from his beginning treatments are showing extremely effective in his body. However, this involves generating enough financial support to pay for extremely expensive, life saving treatment.
Taylre is a talented, caring person who is devoted to the people he loves and to his faith. He is a valued member of the film community and a wonderful friend. He and his fiancé have their whole life ahead of them.
As Taylre and his loved ones fight for his life, help us to lift the one burden we can: the financial one. Help us to demonstrate our unwavering belief in his ability to overcome this by clearing a pathway for him to heal.
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." – Booker T. Washington
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