As those of us who know him can tell you (and who doesn't know Tommy?) he is a multimedia artist and endlessly creative entrepreneur. He brought Java Cabana to the Cooper-Young neighborhood along with his First Church Of Elvis Impersonators and the Viva Memphis Wedding Chapel where he solemnized over 500 marriages. He’s also the father of Memphis artist and activist Bennett Foster.
Tommy has stage 4 Metastatic (it has spread from where it originated) poorly differentiated (this means it is immature, this is not something we favor) adenocarcinoma (the type of cells in that are cancerous) and has spread to the bone.
Recently, Tommy’s cancer spread to his liver.
Though he has undergone chemo, raditation and an experimental treatment, including Keytruda fusions at the West Clinic, they have had no effect. He finished a 3rd round of radiation on his pelvis in May. He is no longer able to walk without a walker, or drive a car, let alone earn an income. Medical bills from treatments and high prescription costs are piling up, and Medicare doesnt come close to covering these expenses.
Tommy wants to thank you all for the love you've shown him throughout this battle. He will keep fighting with your continued support.
Thank you. Thank you very much.
- Jennifer Young
- Lawrence Jasud
- Jed Jackson
- Brooke Smith
Organizer and beneficiary
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