It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share some unexpected and devastating news about one of our very own, Art Doctolero, Jr. -- many of you know him as "Toy". Today, he was diagnosed with B Cell Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.
Art started feeling ill almost 2 months ago. His symptoms included a severe flu with some loss of blood. He, like most of us would have been, was unaware that a critically serious condition was brewing in his body. After experiencing extreme fatigue and weakness, he finally went to the doctor 7 days ago. He was immediately transported to the ER and treatment included a complete workup of lab tests and radiology images. He was admitted a few hours after that. This was on 03/06/18 and this is where the story starts. He was admitted for very low white blood cell count. His initial count was 1.0 of which normal is between 6.0-12.0. It was critically low and remains so. Since he was admitted, he has been subjected to a daily battery of multiple lab tests, radiology tests, medications, and antibiotics.
After the results of a bone marrow biopsy became available, the oncologist diagnosed Art with B Cell Lymphoma. This is a cancer that afflicts the blood/circulatory system. Needless to say, it has the possibility of affecting every organ in his body at any moment. The care plan includes immediate and aggressive treatment with chemotherapy starting this Thursday, March 15th, 2018.
Art is presently battling high fevers and feeling very physically weak, not to mention emotionally and mentally drained about how his life has just been turned upside down. He is overwhelmed beyond anything any of us can imagine after receiving such a devastating diagnosis.
If you know Art, you know him to be strong, funny, caring, and one of the most generous people you have ever met. He is a doting dad to his twin daughters, Alyssa and Kalynn. He is the eldest son of Auntie Rose and Uncle Art, protective older brother to Ryan and Lisa, and a great cousin and friend to so many people. If you have ever heard of, or eaten at GrubShack in San Jose, you have most likely run into or spoken to him.
To help Art during his time of need, we have set up this GoFundMe fundraising page and ask all those who know and care about Art to please pray hard for him, and if you are able, please donate any amount, big or small. It will help greatly with enormous medical care and treatment costs not covered by insurance, living expenses, and various bills while Art's ability to work is indefinitely put on hold.
We thank you all very much for taking the time to read about Art's situation. Our "Doctolero Ohana" will continue to do our best to care for him, and with your help, it will certainly alleviate his mental anguish due to anticipated financial costs. Your help and support will allow him to focus on getting through the chemo treatments, healing quickly, staying positive, and fighting his cancer to get back to a normal, healthy life.
Thank you very much in advance. We hope your generosity will come back to you tenfold!
The Doctolero Family
Art has authorized his aunt, Lita Doctolero-Tang, to manage the donation withdrawals from this fundraising campaign into a beneficiary bank account especially set up for Art.
- Kevin Burson
- marissa ducusin
- Sabrina Bronson
- Jae Dacpano
Organizer and beneficiary
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