much weight he can lift,
its in the burdens he can carry"
Paul Jenniges, 51. Was recently diagnosed with a extremly rare and aggressive type of cancer only caused by Asbestos, Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma. Theres roughly 500 diagnoses of Mesothelioma a year, and less than 10% having the sarcomatoid cancer cells, which is the most aggressive Meso cancer. At some point Paul came in contact with asbestos, but hes unsure of when and where. Mesothelioma is most likely found and diagnosed in its advanced stages and this is the case for Paul. Not much is know how to treat it.
So with pains in his abdomen, followed by changes in his complection, it was time to see a doctor. In a matter of hours a CT scan showed just how fast life can change in the blink of an eye.
Paul at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
The scan of Paul's abdomen shows just how large the cancer is
This rare form of cancer was beyond the help from the oncologist, and so a referral to the Mayo Clinic was Pauls only option as he was diagnosed in the late stage of 4. The mass that was found in his abdomen is very large, quite a bit larger than a dollar bill. There is also many spots on his surrounding organs. Because of this, surgery is out of the question at this moment to remove the large tumor, leaving high dosage Chemo as the Doctors only option. Chemo is merely a hope to slow down the fast passed growth of the tumor.
Paul has made his choice to fight. His first round of chemo begins February 28th. Untreated, Doctors have given him 2-8 months to live, but he could possibly make it up to a year or better with treatment and a extremely small chance that it shrinks the tumor enough for removal. But a miracle will need to happen.
Paul & his wife Mary with 8 of the grandchildren
A little bit about Paul's life
Paul is an honorable husband to his wife Mary. He's a dedicated father to his five children, and a cherished Papa to his thirteen grandchildren (with two more on the way due in July.) Paul has been a loyal employee to Grey Stone Masonary since 1990. Climbing his way up in the business to where he leaves off as a foreman, (per doctors orders). Building his knoweledge in a lifetime of work. Besides what his father taught him as a teenager.
Why we need your help
Because of the severity of Paul's cancer, he is no longer able to work. Since the cancer is not considered work related, he does not qualify for any work comp, and is about to lose his medical insurance. Each Chemotherapy treatment cost over $10,000, and will be needed every couple weeks, along with CT scans in-between treatments costing $1,000 each, high cost pain medications, and high cost dietary supplements. Since he is the primary income of the household, the inability to work, and the already large medical bills coming in are about to get a whole lot more expensive!
Our family sincerely thanks you for donations of any size. It all adds up. This has been a difficult decision for them to make because he has always relied on himself. And as time is running out and bills are pilling up. We are asking to raise funds as quickly as possible so Paul can give this fight of his life all he has.
"I dont know how my story will end,
but nowhere in my text will it ever read....I gave up."
Please help spread the word, I have complete faith that we can raise the funds needed for Paul and his family, but we need your help.
Much love and God bless!
If you have any questions or ideas as to how we can achieve this for the Jenniges family it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
(daughter-in-law of Paul)
- Tom and Judy Gehrz
- Geoffrey Boeck
- Rob Steinhoff
- Guida Welch
- Doug MacCallum
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