Medicine for our Stage IV warrior

About 3 months ago Danny went in to the ER with excruciating abdominal pain, vomiting, and coughing up blood. After numerous tests, the doctors had determined he has Stage IV Melanoma.

Scans showed tumors on both buttocks, the back, the right adrenal gland, and multiple tumors within the kidneys and lungs.

The oncologist and doctors said that surgery on the most concerning tumor (adrenal gland) would be too risky and most likely more problematic. It would also neglect the other tumors in his body. The doctors and Danny came to a mutual agreement to treat him with the immunotherapy drug, KEYTRUDA.

Danny has been taking KEYTRUDA infusions once every three weeks, and following up with a scan and doctor visit after treatment.

In the meantime, a good friend had mentioned something to us about a lifestyle change (meaning converting to a sugar-free or low sugar diet). Cancer thrives from sugar and cannot live in a high alkaline environment.


Danny has been undergoing the immunotherapy. He is also in the course of making lifestyle changes to benefit his health.

After 3 treatments, the doctor said that the cancer is growing in size and quantity.
He is down 10 lbs in body weight and although his pain is managed, he is getting sick daily.

Although the cancer doesn't seem to be responding to the KEYTRUDA, the doctors have high hopes with this medicine and said he will continue for a few more treatments while we anticipate results. If the cancer continues to progress throughout his body, they will decide to use an alternative form of immunotherapy.

The doctors have given him an estimated year left with us. In the midst of all this chaos, our family is strong and fully aware of gods love, compassion, and healing. We keep our hopes and spirits lifted because we know his promises are true. 

Danny is a loving father of 3 beautiful girls (Ana 9,Grace 3, Cailie, 2), a significant other, a brother, a son, and a friend to many. He is still an active father and is able to play with his children often, and is a hard working laborer at his job. Although he is still working, we are suffering financially as his hours dramatically diminished from us framing his schedule between treatments, doctors appointments, and days he feels unwell.

We appreciate your compassion and any type of contribution for our warrior, whether it be thoughts, prayers, or donation towards his monthly bills of medication.

God bless you!

Danny Cunningham is my significant other and father of my 2 children. We have been using this money to cover the costs of his Immunotherapy, KEYTRUDA. If the KEYTRUDA continues to be resistant to the cancer, we will be using this money to switch him over to another immunotherapy, YERVOY. 

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