JERRY WILLIS - Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Uncle, Grandfather, Coach.
DIAGNOSIS : Stage 4a Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Throat
Two biopsy surgeries were performed this spring, searching for diagnosis.
Last Monday (7/3/17) Jerry had a trans-oral robotic surgery to remove the cancerous tumors and tissues inside his throat and on his tongue as well as a radical neck dissection to remove approximately 100 affected and cancerous lymph nodes. He's been sent home with oxygen and a feeding tube. We received notification on Friday that the next step is at least 35 rounds of radiation beginning within the next few weeks.
PROGNOSIS: Survival rate is 85-90% once a patient clears 5 years of non-remission.
-Husband, father of three (Mariah (24), Branden (20), Lauren (16), grandfather of 2 beautiful granddaughters.
-Agent for Deparment of Homeland Security. Awarded Heroism Award for his heroic acts and served two security details for President Obama.
-Loves his communities and has shown his love for youth programs by volunteering his time to coach high school sports for over 20 years in California, Texas, and Utah.
-Most recently he was the Head Softball Coach and Asst. Football Coach at Westlake HS, taking both programs to where they had not been before.
-He quit coaching to get a second job to support his wife's dream of obtaining a college degree (she has 2 semesters left!) and to support his youngest, Lauren, in her drill team expenses. Lauren is the Community Chair Officer for her drill team and is responsible for representing her drill team and high school in the community.
FUNDS WILL HELP:
-Medical expenses (surgery bills, doctor visits, radiation therapy, home medical equipment expenses, speech therapy)
ADDITIONAL CONCERNS (EXPENSES):
-Cost of 2 more semesters of college for wife, Heather
-Cost of forthcoming drill team expenses for Lauren
-Oldest daughter Mariah just got engaged!
***Thank you for you love and support that our beloved Jerry and his family has received since his diagnosis in March. It will be a long, tough road for Coach Willis but he will fight and he will win because he BELIEVES!