Garrett Perales Medical Fund
Our bandmate, brother, friend has stage IV angiosarcoma of the lungs. Angiosarcoma is a rare and clinically highly variable cancer of blood vessels (a form of sarcoma). His is a high grade (aggressive) angiosarcoma which could have started anywhere in the body. The most common place for angiosarcomas to arise is in the head and neck area, breast (frequently several years after radiation and surgery for breast cancer), bone, or other vital organs such as liver and spleen.
Sarcoma is a rare cancer in adults (1% of all adult cancers), but rather prevalent in children (about 20% of all childhood cancers). It is made up of many “subtypes” because it can arise from a variety of tissue structures (nerves, muscles, joints, bone, fat, blood vessels – collectively referred to as the body’s “connective tissues”). Because these tissues are found everywhere on the body, Sarcomas can arise anywhere. Thus, within each site of the more “common” cancers there is the occasional surprise sarcoma diagnosis (e.g., breast sarcoma, stomach sarcoma, lung sarcoma, ovarian sarcoma, etc.). Angiosarcoma is one of the many “subtypes” of sarcoma.
Garrett has decided to forgo conventional treatment (such as chemotherapy) and is instead, doing alternative holistic treatments. Thus far, all treatments are being paid for out of pocket by him and his family, as most insurance companies don’t cover alternative medical treatments, which are quite expensive. Garrett’s mom, Cinde Perales has been keeping up with all the financials over the last several months.
This is Garrett’s mom, Cinde, and I wanted to update everyone on how he is doing. Let me start by thanking each one of you for your prayers, kind thoughts, words of encouragement and donations. Garrett was truly touched with the outpouring of love and support that came out of this campaign. As a mom, it is heartwarming to know that your child has so many wonderful and loving friends and acquaintances. Words cannot express our gratitude and thank you enough.
For those of you that may not know, Garrett first began feeling bad a little over a year ago. In September 2018 he was diagnosed with angiosarcoma and given 6 to 12 months to live. The doctor gave little hope, even with chemo, so Garrett chose to do only alternative treatments. While this has worked for many people, it wasn’t exactly what Garrett needed. So, the last 8 months were hard for him, but he fought hard to keep living. Then 6 weeks ago he began seeing a new alternative/integrative doctor who works closely with an Oncologist. As a result, Garrett is now doing immunotherapies and has done 2 weeks of radiation while continuing to do alternative treatments. The past two weeks have been the turnaround that we have been praying and waiting for. He is beginning to gain back weight and strength. His blood work looks better. Overall, he feels better and has a positive attitude and outlook. He is currently staying 24/7 at the doctor’s clinic. All alternative treatments and the nighttime care giver are paid out of pocket as these costs are not covered by insurance. Fortunately, the immunotherapies and radiation are covered by insurance.
While we are so very thankful for Garrett’s doctors and caregivers, we give praise and glory to God and his son, Jesus Christ. God is bigger and more powerful than any disease, including angiosarcoma. We believe that by the stripes of Jesus, Garrett is healed. We also know that God has a special plan for Garrett.
We sincerely thank all of you for your prayers and support.