My year hasn't been the greatest so far. I have been battling cancer for the past few months. I started to get sick early last fall with extreme exhaustion, chills and and increasing inability to eat. In January I had gotten so bad, that I ended up in the hospital getting blood transfusions for severe Anemia. As it turned out the Anemia is being caused by Melanoma in my stomach. Soon afterwards we found out that it had also spread to my brain and a few nodules just under the skin. My diagnosis is stage 4 Melanoma. I have undergone radiation on my stomach and brain since then and have been recovering from the effects of the radiation for the last month or so. I have also been on targeted therapy since my cancer has a BRAF mutation that can be targeted. I am reacting well to the BRAF drugs and my tumors are shrinking, yay! In the next few months I will begin immunotherapy and hopefully recover enough to go back to work. Right now however, I am still too weak to work, so I am on leave without pay and have run out of ways to pay bills. I have been trying to arrange short term financial solutions through work and the county, but nothing has come through. My wife Nina is working her brains out at multiple jobs, but it is not enough to support the three of us and we need help covering basic expenses for May.
I need to cover my rent for May by the first, the rest of May's bill's soon after and some bills that I am behind on for April. After that I am not sure if I will be able to work, or not, so I may need continued support. I will begin receiving long term disability in July, but I need help supporting my family until then. I dislike having to ask for donations like this, but we really need your help. Please give what you can. My thanks goes out to all the friends and family members that have helped us so far and to future donors, thank you.