My wife Diane's family carries a horrible genetic defect which extremely limits the bodies ability to fight cancer cells like most people.
My son Chris was recently diagnosed with osteao-sarcoma in his ribs. Chris has already lost his grandmother Tess (72), mother (my wife) Diane (52), Aunt Karen (58), and most recently his sister Kimberly (35) on Friday Oct 9th 2015, all to complications from cancer and the genetic defect.
As Chris was earning his Masters degree, he was fortunate enough to be enrolled in a cancer study at the National Institute of Health (NIH) specific to his genetic defect.
After graduation, Chris was hired as an Occupational Therapist in Idaho Falls. The day before he was supposed to start work, he got a phone call from the doctors at NIH and they let him know that they had found cancer on his last scan. Three days after the phone call, Chris was in surgery and in their initial screening they found he has osteao-sarcoma in his ribs. They were able to remove it but he is currently undergoing intensive chemo in Utah.
Due to Chris' intensive chemotherapy schedule, he is unable to work for the next 5-6 months. The school district he is a pediatric Occupational Therispist for will hold his job for him until he can return to work, his family has no income. Chris is 29, married to an incredible wife Darci and they have a one year old daughter, Eliza Diane.
All of his family are trying to help him. He has rent, student loans to repay, food, and all the other normal living expenses. If you read this and it touches your heart we would greatly appreciate any help at all. This is not just someone looking for a handout, this is a great kid that due to circumstances he has no control over, he just needs some help.
Chris has done everything right his whole life and is a great human being. When Chris was in high school he developed hydrochephalis in his brain. It affected his short term memory. He endured two failed shunt procedures before having a successful third ventriculoscopy. Through all this he served a two year mission with the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, graduated from BYU, earned a masters in occupational therapy and is a licensed OT. He is looking forward to beginning his career as an occupational therapist and being able to help those who are unable to take care of themselves. As they say, sometimes terrible things happen to good people. Chris is a fighter. He has overcome many medical obstacles and he will conquer this.