After enduring major emergency colon surgery (12hrs from death), Bryan was diagnosed with lymphoma when a large tumor was found in his abdomen. Removal of the tumor required removing part of the right hip muscle, which also caused damage to nerves in his right leg from the ankle to the hip. Bryan was bed ridden for nearly a month. Unknown if the damage to the muscle and nerves in his leg will be permanent, Bryan has begun rehab. In the meantime, Bryan had to wait more than a month to be treated for the cancer because his surgery had to heal well enough to withstand the effects of the chemotherapy. Because Bryan’s cancer is extremely aggressive, it continued to spread to other parts of his body during this waiting period. As a result, Bryan had to relocate 2300 miles away from his home to be with family that could care for him. Unable to bring his favorite companion with him, Bryan is deeply saddened for having to give away his dog “Hurley”.
Being an Eagle Scout, Bryan is always helping others when he is asked, and often volunteers help when he recognizes a need for it before a request is made. With mounting hospital bills that could easily exceed $1 million and no ability to generate an income to pay them, along with being unable to qualify for any government assistance and having his unemployment discontinued, Bryan finally realizes that he is in a position of need. He has humbled himself to ask for financial help. He was mistaken thinking that by having insurance that most of the costs would be covered, but it is estimated that there is a need for approximately $200,000 to resolve his health issue.
Having an engineering background, Bryan has been educating himself about cancer and its treatments. He has come away with a unique understanding of its causes and chemotherapy treatments, which are easily understood and recognized by his medical team, but may not be by an individual facing this disease. Once again, Bryan saw a need to help others and is volunteering his talents. He is currently working with experts in the field to develop a brochure for distribution to patients and their families with his simplified explanation of cancer and its treatments. Being a past president of a Toastmasters club, Bryan is also developing a presentation to interact with patients and their families to help them understand this dreaded and feared word CANCER and its cure.
Since Bryan has been blessed with much help from family, friends and insurance, any excess donated funds that are not needed will be donated to continue the fight to cure this awful disease that afflicts millions of people every year. Half of the funds will be donated for cancer research and the other half will be donated to others at Go Fund Me who are less fortunate than him making their dream of recovery that much easier and less stressful.
We are also in need of prayers for a full recovery. God Bless you. Thank you from the family and friends of Bryan.
- James Ratel
- LORI LEA
- R & D POLAND Sr.
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