On February 9th, just days after his 42nd birthday and 3 weeks after the birth of his fifth child, Jason Malesh suffered a grand mal seizure on his way to walk their family dog. Once at the hospital, an MRI of his brain showed a large mass. He spent two days in the emergency room sedated and on anti seizure medication while his wife Katie had to be home caring for their 5 children - including brand new baby Jude. On Sunday February 11th Jason was visited by renowned neurosurgeon, Dr Reid Thompson with terrible news that Jason had a large tumor requiring surgical removal and he wanted to be the one to perform the surgery. On February 20th Jason went in for brain surgery, because of its location and the expertise of Dr. Thompson, 98% of the tumor was able to be removed. During the two weeks between surgery and getting the pathology report back; Jason was sent home to heal and be with his beautiful family while we all prayed for a favorable pathology report. Unfortunately, on March 6th pathology came back and confirmed that the aggressively growing tumor was a stage 4 glioblastoma - a type of tumor that has a high rate of recurrence. https://www.healthline.com/health/brain-tumor/glioblastoma#modal-close
He was also given the news that because of the genetic makeup of the tumor, he does not qualify for any clinical trials.
Treatment for glioblastoma includes an oral chemotherapy medication as well as radiation. Jason also hopes to add some alternative adjunctive therapies including ketogenic diet to support his healing during treatment and beat the odds on this terrible cancer. The course of treatment can take a year or more and cost upwards of $10,000 monthly.
Over the past 11 years since the birth of their first child Aidan, Jason has worked as a real estate agent and been the sole bread winner for their family. Katie has been mama extraordinaire; making meals, cakes Martha Stewart would be jealous of and homeschooling their kiddos (Aidan 11, Sofia 9, Lucy 6, Leo 4). Our goal is to raise enough money to help cover the families expenses while Jason fights cancer. If you feel moved to support this beautiful family, any amount towards this large goal will be received with deep gratitude.