Hafa adai and thank you for taking the time to consider helping out!
In late Decemeber of 2015, my dad was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma, wherein several lesions or tumors were located in his liver. Doctors informed him that he needed to go through a Transarterial Chemoembolizaion (commonly known as a TACE procedure) that would attempt to eliminate those tumors; and if he neglected to do so, he would have had only 6 months to live.
Fortunately, he was able to go through the procedure and, according to the doctors, the procedure worked in killing off one of the tumors, but they've also detected a presence of cirrhosis on his liver as well as ascites (fluid in the abdomen) and other ailments that could possibly speed up the decline in function of his liver. During his follow-up appointment in the Philippines, he was informed by his doctor that, although the procedure worked on one of the tumors, he now needs to get a liver transplant. Unfortunately, he is not eligible to receive a transplant in the Philippines because he is not a Philippine national.
We are now trying our best to get him to see a different doctor, at a better facility, with the possibility to get on a transplant list, as soon as possible. He is flying out to Houston, Texas at the end of this month (April) to get a second opinion and hopefully a referral to one of the top gastrointestinal care centers in the US (MD Anderson). We are also praying to get approval to be added onto a list of potential transplant patients.
The average cost of a liver transplant in the United States is around $250,000 (this only covers immediate hospital and doctor expenses; not including medication, lodging, and other related expenses). We set a goal of $50,000 because, although it is nowhere near the cost of a transplant, it is a start.
If any of you know my dad personally, you all know that he is a person who goes above and beyond to help those in need, regardless of the type of relationship or even non-relationship he has with them. He has taught me to live my life in pursuit of doing good for others and I have played witness to him living as example to that throughout my whole life (from his time in the legislature, to his time as a struggling businessman trying to take care of his family and his community).
That being said, my family and I would like to ask for your help in this journey/struggle to overcome cancer. Ginen i fondun i korasonhu (from the bottom of my heart), my family and I would greatly, greatly appreciate donations made in ANY amount.
My dad has never hesitated to help those in need. If you are one of those people who has experienced his kindness and compassion (big or small) and wants to return the act, or if you simply chose to be an example of that kindness and compassion; on behalf of my dad, I would like to thank you and I pray that your life be blessed.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"
Thank you and Si Yu'us Ma'ase.
GOD BLESS YOU!
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