Jim Corcoran, co-owner of Corcoran Winery and Brewery, was diagnosed with cancer in October 2012. It started with a tumor and he was required to stay in the hospital as they used radiation to destroy the tumor. After 18 months he was told he was cancer-free, but it turned out they misdiagnosed him as the cancer spread throughout his body. It turns out he had nonsecretory multiple myeloma and after getting a second opinion, they have been able to keep him alive these past 4 years.
His current situation is that the cancer is in many of his bones and in his blood. He is hoping to be a candidate for stem cell replacement. A stem cell transplant is a treatment for some types of cancer, and since there is no cure for multiple mylemona, this option for stem cell replacement seems like his best chance to extend his life just a bit longer. The technology today is very advanced and typically now they collect stem cells from the blood rather than the bone morrow. He needs to be in remission and must meet certain requirements to make sure the treatment is successful.
His doctor will determine if he will receive an autologous transplant, which is also called high dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell rescue. In an auto transplant you get to use your own stem cells - doctors collect stem cells from your blood and freeze them. Next, you have powerful chemo and rarely radiation. The doctors will then thaw his frozen stem cells and they put them back into his blood through a tube placed in a vein.
The time frame will take around 90 days, once they determine he is a candidate.
In addition to his travel, he will need to drive or take the train, and can’t fly anymore due to massive blood clots in both his lungs and legs. Thus he will need to go back and forth to Arkansas numerous times. In addition he will need to stay at a hotel for the duration of each of his visits.
Jim’s insurance company dropped him as a client. He needs to raise $20,000 to cover the MRI and travel expenses. Jim is a great friend, great father, great husband and entrepreneur! Please help Jim with these expenses so that he can extend his life!