Help The Humphreys

My daughter, Marci Humphrey was diagnosed with Stage 3A Adenocarcinoma in February, 2013. She had surgery to remove the upper left lobe of her lung and 5 affected lymph nodes.  This was followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  The cancer appeared to be in remission until a tumor was discovered on her brain following a quarterly MRI scan. She immediately underwent brain surgery to remove the tumor followed by Gamma Knife Radiation treatment in January, 2015.  Since the cancer had metastasized to her brain, her diagnosis was now Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma with less than 1 year to live. 

Over the next 3 years she has had 6 more Gamma Knife treatments for a total of 11 tumors on her brain.  The most recent was in July, 2018.  She has an incredible medical team from the beginning and each doctor says that she has defied the odds. They have had to establish new protocols for her as patients don't live this long with metastasized lung cancer in the brain and none of their patients has had more than 5 Gamma Knife procedures.  

Marci is a fighter with strong faith, determination and a good dose of stubborness!  She WILL be at her now 13 yr old daughter's wedding and live to see her grandchildren!  Her husband, Joe and her daughter and extended family as well as countless friends make up a strong support system.  All this has come at a high cost not only physically & emotionally but especially financially. Although Marci is 100% disabled, Joe's income disqualifies her from receiving Disability Payments. (She has pursued this through the complete appeals process). They do have employer provided health insurance but with the arrival of the ACA (Obamacare), their out of pocket ceiling has skyrocketed and many procedures are no longer covered.  For instance, they covered her first 2 Gamma Knife procedures but since Obamacare it is considered optional and therefore not covered because they claim she could have the less expensive "full brain radiation procedure".  However, her oncologist would not even consider this as an option and told her she would not be here if she had that done.  They currently owe hospital and doctor bills totaling $479,000 which includes the most recent Gamma Knife bill of $27,000.  Marci & Joe are making regular payments on this balance but without assistance they will never be able to make any headway as the expenses keep recurring. Please help this family who has done everything possible to do it the "right way" and on their own but have reached the end of their rope!!  Thank you.
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Marcia Thomas Frater 
Sandy, OR

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