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Fight Cancer with James

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Raised by 173 people in 19 months
Created June 20, 2017
Aaron Lackie
on behalf of James Ammon
My name is Aaron Lackie and I am writing this for my good friend James Ammon who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Rectal Cancer. James is the loving husband of Betty Ammon, who he met on a mission trip to Mexico.  They have three children; David (9), Allen (6) and Charlotte (3).  James is the sole provider for his family. For as long as I have known James I have seen him as the kind of man who is stable, works hard for his family and tries his best to do the right thing. Which is probably why it took my wife and I by surprise when James started getting sick a few months ago. 

When the abdominal pain began and James went to the hospital for the first time, doctors told him he had appendicitis and removed his appendix. This did not relieve the pain, but he learned how to control it with diet.  Then in May, James went to another hospital when the same pain returned.  This time doctors told him that it looked like he had an infection in his intestine. After taking a closer look doctors discovered that his large intestine was 97% blocked by a mass. Doctors took a tissue sample to determine if it was cancerous and also did some other tests. They also performed a surgery giving him an ileostomy bag so that he could eat food again (because the mass was close to not allowing any food to pass). 

A few days before James’ 40th birthday the doctors came to him and Betty with the results of their tissue sample. It was cancer. Doctors had also been doing some other tests. From those results James learned that his cancer was at Stage 4 because it had likely spread to his liver. Doctors then came and advised him to begin intensive chemo therapy as soon as he healed from his ileostomy surgery. Doctors also let him know that aside from the surgery to remove the mass they would also likely have to perform surgeries to remove a portion of his liver. They then went on to say that even with all of this, intensive chemo therapy and the surgeries, they believed that he only had a 10% chance of surviving five years.

With this in mind James began hunting for anything else that he could do to increase his chances, and his research paid off. He found a cancer clinic, the Hope 4 Cancer Institute, which uses various treatments to starve cancer, prevent its growth and reduce its blood supply. The clinic has international patients from Europe and Australia and has had success with patients who have had advanced cancer. James and Betty were able to visit the clinic and afterward feel confident that this clinic offers additional treatment options that will help James fight cancer to the fullest extent. 

We are asking everyone who is reading this to please pray for him and his family. Thank you in advance for any financial gift you may be able to offer to help James fight this cancer. God bless.  

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Update 2
Posted by Aaron Lackie
6 months ago
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James Alan Ammon, age 41, of El Centro went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 1, 2018. He was born in Lansing, Michigan on May 27, 1977. James grew up in Mid-Michigan. Always with a heart for God, he attended Ethnos 360 Bible Institute. After graduating in 2001 he met the love of his life, Beatriz Lopez, during a mission trip to Mexico. He later moved to Mexico, where he and Betty were married on January 7, 2006. They later relocated to California where James and Betty started their family and James became the proud father of David, Alan and Charlotte Ammon. During this time James also became a member of the Border Patrol. Always striving to share the Gospel and the love of Jesus wherever he might be, he worked hard, built relationships, was active in his church, and loved his family more than the words on this paper could ever express. A role model and an example to so many, we are all thankful for having the privilege of knowing him, for having seen his personal testimony until he went to be with the Lord, and for being able to see him again after this life because of our faith in Jesus Christ.

Rest in God’s Peace James.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Christ Community Church in El Centro.
The service will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Christ Community Church in El Centro. Burial will immediately follow at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro, CA.
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Update 1
Posted by Aaron Lackie
15 months ago
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Well, a little more time, a little more faith. Our most recent scan was not what we had hoped for. After a difficult week with tears and doubts, we are gaining strength. After talking with our doctors, we decided to try a different treatment as well as add some therapies to my daily regiment. As this whole experience continues it becomes more obvious that Jesus is the one who will heal us. We continue to hold on to him, because? There is no one else! He has been our comforter and provider. Even complete strangers organized a huge fundraiser involving 200 people! Thank you for all your prayers and support. All your love makes this doable.
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Raised by 173 people in 19 months
Created June 20, 2017
Aaron Lackie
on behalf of James Ammon
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