Help Michael Fight Head and Neck Cancer

Hi, 
My name is Michael Gerleve in 2015 I was diagnosed with stage 4 Head and Neck cancer 53353926_1608170750732222_r.jpeg(Squamous Cell Carcinoma). Treatment consisted of 35 rounds of radiation and 10 rounds of chemotherapy.53353926_160817080288317_r.jpegAfter all the treatment the cancer went into remission. Then in Oct 2018 I developed a lump on my chest that grew into my neck .53353926_1608171120771104_r.jpegDuring the surgery to remove and biopsy the lump my airway collapsed and I was given an emergency tracheotomy53353926_1608171498486185_r.jpegThe biopsy came back positive for the same cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) and my PET Scan showed what I and the doctors feared, the cancer had metastasized and spread to my Sternum, lung and lymph nodes. The tracheotomy was removed 5 days later, however, I could no longer swallow, so I was taken back into surgery and given a feeding tube.53353926_1608171867481985_r.jpegI now receive immunotherapy treatment (Keytruda) every 21 days to help my immune system slow down or fight against the cancer. Recently I had 10 more rounds of radiation due to a lymph node under my left arm pit that had become dangerously infected with cancer and was 10x its normal size. During these past 2 years I have been unable to work. Insurance covers the majority of medical costs but, I am still responsible for 20%. Donations of any and all sizes are very welcomed. Thank you for taking the time to read my story

Donations

  • Reyes Chavez 
    • $100 
    • 27 d
  • Judith McDonnell 
    • $200 
    • 28 d
  • Mark Ruiz 
    • $100 
    • 29 d
  • Shannon Ryan  
    • $100 
    • 29 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
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Organizer

Michael Gerleve 
Organizer
Huntington Beach, CA
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