John Anderson, 50, was diagnosed with uveal melanoma (a rare cancer of the eye) in August 2012. The tumour was treated with radiation, which has a 90-95% success rate. Unfortunately John experienced aggressive regrowth in December 2015 and had his right eye removed as a result. The following year, advanced metastasis was discovered in John's liver. Between late 2017 and now, the metastasis has spread wildly and is now in John's bones, bone marrow, stomach, lungs and spine in addition to his liver.
This is an extremely aggressive cancer.
This is a big fight.
John has already undergone radiation, Keytruda infusions, and a promising trial drug (IMCgp100) but after living through debilitating side effects, they were all deemed ineffective due to disease progression and brand new lesions (mets).
John's oncologist, Dr. Hogg, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, has recommended one last treatment option - the promising combo of ipilimumab and nivolumab. In this matter of life or death, John's insurance company has denied payment for the ipi/nivo combo. 3 times. Each treatment runs $20,000. Yes, $20,000. Treatments are required every 3 weeks for 4 years if it is working. Thus the ambitious fundraising goal.
This is another big fight.
Dr. Hogg has written another appeal letter to his insurance company but as John and his family await results of the 3rd appeal, time is ticking. This treatment is needed immediately. It was needed yesterday. This is urgent.
John hasn't been able to work since January 2018 as he fights the good fight for his life.
Please, please, please help John remain father to his children (2 sons and a daughter), remain husband to his wife,, son to his Mom, a brother and a friend to many. No amount is too small. We're hoping for a miracle here.
Please share John's story. Time is ticking.
***Please note that if the goal of $400K is not achieved, the funds raised will be used to offset mounting debt incurred as a result of John's illness and a generous donation will be made to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, where John is being treated and receiving stellar care.
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