Three Brain Surgeries sinceAugust 19, 2014 and Ernest Waldon is STILL fighting to help his family.
He needs your help to make sure his family does not have to repeat the traumatic experiences associated with losing everything and becoming homeless again.
Goal: $20, 279.53
(1825.00 x 9 = October – December 2014 and January – February 2015 in Rent arrears; with additional help through June 2015. 428.17 x 9 = October – December 2014 & January - February in Car Payments arrears; with additional help through June 2015. The help for transportation is necessary so that my mother can continue to report to work).
Needs: 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath garaged home / townhome with that will house all our belongings. We are unable to pay arrears and become current, where we currently live. The Landlord has asked to become current and / or vacate her premise.
Father: (Breadwinner) – Electrician
Wife: Full-time employed at a government organization for the last 6 years, with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
Daughter: Seeking employment; recent graduate of Newhouse School of Communications with a Master’s in Public Relations.
Son: currently enrolled in University of District of Columbia.
Have you ever been faced with a situation or encountered an individual that just wouldn’t go away? No matter what you do, that situation or person just keeps coming back? Well, what if this same scenario was happening to you in your brain? For my dad, Ernest Waldon, central neurocytoma is the epitome of this exact description, and it’s happening in his brain right now.
Central neurocytoma, abbreviated CNC, is a rare, ordinarily benign intraventricular brain tumor that typically forms from the neuronal cells septum pellucidum. The majority of central neurocytomas grow inwards into the ventricular system forming interventricular neurocytomas. On average, there is about a one in five chance for recurrence. My father is the one out of five. He has battled with brain tumors since the age of 13. At 37, 11 years ago, doctors diagnosed the neurocytoma in the center of my father’s brain. With the tumor’s location being in such a sensitive area, the Doctor refused to surgically remove the tumor fearing that surgery would affect too much of my father’s “good” brain and result in making him infantile. Cyber knife chemotherapy was recommended, and a shunt was placed in his head to make sure that the water on his brain was being properly re-routed to his body to prevent build up. It was also during this time, my Family and I became homeless, which was one of the most horrific experiences we have had to encounter, as a family.
To date, with the assistance of modern technology and advancements in medicine, my father has not only been through radiation and cobalt treatment; but has endured four Brain Procedures, three consecutive Cyber knife Treatments and six open Brian Surgeries – four, which included, entering his brain to surgically remove tumors and two to assist in draining the hydrocephalus (water) off of his brain. History includes surgery one at 13 years of age, surgeries two and three between 37 and 38 years of age, surgeries four, five and six between 47 and 48 years of age.As of January 21, 2015, my dad has been admitted back into the Emergency Room, due to an infected VP Shunt. Per the Doctor, this "dangerous situation" will result in another Brain Surgery, which will total seven Brain Surgeries in his neurological history.
Dealing with the neurocytoma, between ages 47 and 48, has been one of the most difficult periods for my father and our family. OnTuesday, August 19, 2014, my father was taken to the emergency room, and it was revealed that the CNC had grown to the size of a snowman. The MRI showed three walnut sized masses in my father’s center brain. Imagine what looks like three little balls stacked on top of each other sitting in the middle of your brain. Now imagine this “snowman” affecting your short term memory, as well as the ability to work, drive, walk, talk and independently function on a daily basis. To the writing of this information, all of these things are happening to my father right now. He has been out of the home sinceAugust 19, 2014 and we are praying for his return home and complete recovery, although "long-term."
Michael J. Fox stated best, "Family is not an important thing. It's everything." This is the truest statement that could be made about the Waldon family. Since my father’s hospitalization, our family has been severely affected. My father is not only a strong presence, but he is the breadwinner of our family. His income provides for the bulk of our financial needs. His hospitalization has created a hardship for my mother, who is not financially able to support two children, rent and bills on her own.
My mother and father have been married 26 years. Not only has she been a pillar to our family but she has been by his side, through all recurrences, every step of the way. So much so, that they celebrated their 26th Wedding Anniversary onMonday, August 25, 2014 in the hospital, one day before their 26th Wedding Anniversary as my father’s first surgery of 2014 was scheduled on their actual Anniversary, August 26, 2014.
So, ladies and gentlemen, the Waldon family has central neurocytoma. My father’s tumor has affected the nucleus of my family, our hearts, minds, spirits and well-being.We are asking for donations in financial support to help us remain in our home, as well as maintain transportation for my mom to get to work, although the needs expands further, (medical expenses and all bills associated with daily necessities). Any amount contributed is helpful.
I hope our story inspires you to give, but most importantly motivates you to hold your family closer and love them that much harder. We’re pulling for my dad’s successful recovery. Although he won't be the same in his physical, he will always remain the same in the center of our brains, hearts and hopes.
Thank you for your generosity through financial support. It reaches deeper than you know.
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