Yasu battles pancreatic cancer

A word from Yasu's sister Suki:

On July 7th, 2017, I received a call from my brother, Yasuharu, who told me that doctors had found a 6x10” tumor in his pancreas and other tumors spreading to his liver. The biopsy revealed that he has Stage IV pancreatic cancer and was given 6 months to live. My brother will turn 31 in October.

To say this came as a shock is an understatement. Just last year, our mother had a hemorrhagic stroke and almost passed away. My eldest sister and I both quit our jobs and moved to Kentucky to assist our parents. While my sister works at the family store on behalf of my mother, I take care of my mother full-time. My brother and my second sister have since sent the majority of their life savings to help pay for her medical expenses. Now we are faced with a whole new set of medical expenses and limited options to help.

My brother currently lives in Texas while my second sister lives in our hometown of Columbus, Ohio. With my mother’s current needs and expenses, visiting Texas is not easy for us even in his great time of need. After hearing this terrifying and unimaginable news, the last thing I want my brother to be concerned with is money. Although he was planning on keeping his diagnosis a secret, he has decided to become public about his cancer after hearing his prognosis.

My brother is not the type to ask for favors or help. He has done so much for our family, especially our mother during this past year, but now he needs support from friends, family and the kindness of strangers. All of your donations will go toward his medical treatment and travel expenses.

As some of you may know, the survival rate for pancreatic cancer is grim…but even after hearing his prognosis, he assured me that he plans to beat this. Knowing how hard my mother fought against her recent near-death experience, I know first-hand how hard my family can and will fight. Please help Yasu beat this. Every donations, thought and prayer will help this fight against cancer. Your support will make a difference.







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Organizer and beneficiary

Natsuki Shibayama 
Austin, TX
Chihiro Shibayama