Julia Smith Ballard is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Kirk Sofko.
My name is Kirk and this is my story. On April 2, 2016, I broke my leg. I had never broken a bone before. I was 51 years old at the time. Two weeks later, I found myself suffering from severe stomach pain. It resulted in extreme blood loss through my stool. The next morning, a dear friend took me to the hospital. After a full day of testing, I was told that I have cancer. I was in shock! I am the guy that always said "I'll never get cancer." On April 28th, I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to the right lung and metastasasized in the liver. I was referred to an oncologist, and started chemotherapy shortly after. I took six chemo treatments and then had a scan. There was a 25% reduction on all tumors. After hearing the encouraging news, I continued treatments for three more months. I then had another scan and the results were not as positive. I was discouraged and down and spent most of my time extremely sick. After spending many days in the hospital from extreme dehydration, I had just about given up. The oncologist told me that I would need to receive chemo for the rest of my life. I decided to continue chemo, but after the next treatment, I had a terrible reaction. The doctors then decided to change my chemo to another chemo that had horrible side affects. I realized then, that this was not the way that I was going to live the rest of my life. Even though the doctor told me that if I stopped chemo I would die, I chose to stop anyway, that I would just let cancer win. A few days later, I received a call from a friend that is also suffering from cancer. He told me about his neighbor that had teminal cancer. After 3 treatments, the chemo almost killed his neighbor. He to decided no more chemo and began a holistic treatment and after 12 months of the strick regiment of alternative treatment, he is now cancer free! After hearing the good news, I decided to go the route of holistic treatment. I began treatments on Jan. 9th. In less than a month, my right lung is clear, my liver is clear and I feel 100% better. I am now working on my colon, which is the orgin of my cancer. It is going to take some more time to clear that up. Holistic treatments are outrageously expensive and insurance will not touch it at all. I even cashed out all of my retirement. I am asking for help in order to continue treatment. Donation would be greatly appreciated and I will be more than happy to keep you all updated on my progress. Together with your prayers and donations, we can prove that chemo is not the only way to fight cancer. I have done both and I believe in the holistic treatments. I am living proof that they work. I feel more healthier everyday and this is not hurting my body. If nothing else, I hope that this educates people as to what chemotheraphy truly does. It not only attacks the bad cells, but it also attacks the good cells. It is a wait and see game to see who wins, cancer or the organ that you need to survive. Thanks you in advance for your prayers and donations and God bless you all.