Hi, my name is Rebecca, and Jean-Paul is a long-time friend to both my husband and I. If you know him personally, you know that he is the type of person to offer the shirt off his back, and expect nothing in return. We are heartbroken to share with you all that JP has Stage-3 lung cancer. It is terminal, and he was given approximately 2 months to live as of today, April 14. Initially they thought it was 4 months, but after seeing his PET scan, they had to decrease the time. If he opts for treatment, he may live 1-2 years longer. Jean-Paul is already weak and in excruciating pain, but has decided to undergo treatment and fight as much as he can. The treatment will start immediately, and we went over all the bills today at the USMD Cancer Center in Arlington. The radiation and chemo alone (not including the several expensive medications he must take) will cost over $3200. And that's AFTER his insurance pays 80% of the bill. Cancer is unbelievably expensive and the last thing someone in his condition needs is more stress over bills. He must travel to the hospital 5 days a week, every week for nearly 2 months, just for the radiation. Even $5 donated towards his gas costs would be helpful, as Jean-Paul was forced to quit his part-time job due to the severe pain and breathlessness he is experiencing every day. His social security income alone will not cover all of his new expenses. My husband and I will do everything we can to help him, including accompanying him to appointments and bringing him homemade meals, but please consider a small donation if you are able. All monies donated will go towards his medical bills first, and if anything else is left over, we will get him whatever he needs to keep him comfortable. For example, we'd like to buy him a new adjustable bed and more comfortable chair for his living room. I will update this page often, as I know Jean-Paul has many friends and family members who love him as much as we do, and want to see his progress. If you cannot donate, please help us cheer him on in his fight against cancer. Positive words, inspirational quotes, etc will help keep his spirits up and that's just as helpful. Thank you.
Fort Worth, TX