On February 1st 2019 after a few days in the hospital due to complications with blood clots in his legs, Manny or Mandingo as he is so lovingly known, was given a diagnosis of Stage 4 Non Small Cell Lung cancer. This was a complete shock. Not only is he a non smoker and an avid free diver and fisherman but otherwise a very healthy person who showed no symptoms that something was wrong. This particular cancer although most common in Non-Smokers, is still very rare to find in someone of Manny's age range.
Despite this heavy diagnosis Manny is considerably one of the luckiest people I know. . You can say that someone or something has always had their eye on him, helping him get out of situations you would only see in movies... The "Force" is strong in him. Thus far, this situation has been no different. He was able to obtain health insurance right before the cancer diagnosis, he tested positive for a Gene mutation that is very responsive to a particular treatment he is currently on, but most importantly and above all he is surrounded by people who love him that will do anything they can to help ease any additional stress possible during this difficult time.
At this point Manny's only job is to heal. This is the reason for this go fund me. The money donated will help pay off his current medical debt which is north of $10,000 as well as help sustain his monthly expenses during his treatment. Although his insurance company very reluctantly approved of the $14,000 per month medication Manny is currently taking, it is possible that they can deny coverage in the future. The thought of that kind of financial stress is daunting. He is currently on his 10th day of treatment and besides following his doctors orders, he has also started following a restricted diet, maintaining his daily presence at the gym and going fishing as often as possible to maintain low stress levels. The funds collected throughout this campaign will ensure that his focus can remain on healing and not on the strain that finances can cause. Manny has been so incredibly strong during this and has been great at maintaining his friends and family as optimistic and positive as he has been. Assuring us that this will just be another crazy life story to add under his belt.
Thank you all in advance for your donations, support, & prayers.