Help James Fight Cancer

James Howell is a 38 year old husband, father of two young boys, former radiation therapist, and an avid hunter and outdoors-man. 

In December of 2016, James was diagnosed with an extremely rare, aggressive form of leiomyosarcoma.  After surgery to remove the cancer, we thought he was in the clear until it returned in June of 2017 and had spread to his lungs.  We learned that chemo and radiation only help in about 10% of the cases.  After insurance denied immunotherapy, he started chemo in July of 2017.  After several rounds, it was clear that all the chemo was doing was making James very sick and unable to do the things he enjoys.   He made the difficult decision to stop the conventional treatment and opted for natural cancer fighting alternatives.  

At this point, James has decided to seek treatment at the Issels Cancer Center in California.  He will spend one week in Mexico at a clinic, receiving treatments that have not been approved by the FDA in the US yet (but are first line treatments in Europe and other countries).  He will then spend about 3 weeks in California for additional treatments.  This center uses Immunotherapy, combined with other therapies in order to try to achieve long term remission of advanced and therapy-resistant cancers like Leiomyosarcoma.  It is his best hope--short of a miracle.  

None of the treatments are covered by insurance, and since July, James has been unable to work.  The Issels treatment will cost around $53,000.  We set our goal at $60,000 to cover costs of flight, and any unforseen expenses.  A large deposit is required before he can reserve his spot at the center, and he would like to be able to start treatment as soon as possible.  

James's mom will be travelling with him, and Hillary will be staying home to work and to care for Tanner (6) and Hunter (10).  The strength this family has shown in the face of this terrible disease is truly amazing.  

James and Hillary are thankful for all the support they have received so far, as well as the kind words, thoughts, and prayers sent their way.  If you are able and willing to help, they would appreciate it.  

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Organizer and beneficiary

Mandy Barrett 
Otisville, MI
James Howell 
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