Help Jason Ego Kick Cancers Butt


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At the end of May, 2017, our world was turned upside down. As most of you know, Jason Ego was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He had a large tumor blocking 95% of his intestine and was sent directly to the hospital from his colonoscopy for emergency surgery. We had hoped it had not spread anywhere else and that surgery would be the end of it, but that was not to be. A CT scan showed several spots in his liver, a biopsy of those spots during the surgery revealed they were colon cancer cells that created three tumors in his liver resulting in 80-90% of his liver being diseased. His gastroenterologist visited him in the hospital two days after his colonoscopy to say how sorry he was and that Jason needed to start making videos for Ava and Amara because he probably wasn't going to live much longer; the survival rates for stage four colon cancer are very low. However, the biopsy on the tumors in his liver revealed the type of colon cancer Jason has is not real aggressive and grows very slowly. In July, 2017, Jason started chemo and the tumors started shrinking. After just a few rounds, the tumors had shrunk quite a bit and less than 50% of his liver was considered diseased. Jason's oncologist is great and referred him to a rather new procedure for colon cancer in November 2017 called a Y90. After this procedure, the tumors appeared to no longer be active and no additional spots were picked up on any scans. Jason did not have to endure any more chemo and we were very relieved. Then, in June, 2018, Jason was having pain in his liver again and new scans revealed the cancer was back and the tumors were growing once again. By December, 2018, Jason was forced to go on permanent disability as the side effects were very hard on him and he was too sick to work.  The great health insurance Jason had through his previous employer ran out and he was forced to go on my school insurance which has a really high deductible and out of pocket maximum. I have a flex account through work which allows small amounts to be taken out of my paychecks, but we quickly used that up. Health insurance for our family is costing us $1000 per month on top of all of the copays and expenses of his weekly doctor visits and the chemo expenses every two weeks. We have cashed out all of our retirement plans and have cut back wherever we can, but we are running out of options. To top this off, there are two new tumors in Jason's liver plus some tumor growth on at least one lymph node. His body is too weak for the traditional chemo regiments he was on and we are starting to run out of options. He has been referred to MD Anderson and they want to get him on a trial there but he needs to get his platelet count up first. He will be starting an immunotherapy drug as soon as we get insurance approval, but the last time he did this immunotherapy, the cancer cells mutated and it quit working. The trial at MD Anderson would allow an additional chemo drug to be added if this occurs again, but again, he needs to get his platelet counts up first. We had to pay up front to even consult with MD Anderson and our finances are running thin. We are trying to keep everything as normal as possible for Ava and Amara as the first year after Jason's diagnosis was very hard on both of them. If you could please see it in your hearts to help us with Jason's medical expenses, we will be forever grateful.

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  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 1 hr
  • Rob Davis 
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 (Offline)
    • 2 mos
  • Yosef Johnson 
    • $50 (Offline)
    • 2 mos
  • Jeni Jilek 
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 2 mos
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Organizer

Patti Ego 
Organizer
Kingwood, TX

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