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Help Babs Beat Pancreatic Cancer

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On May 10, 2018, a father, husband, brother and son - Babatunde (Tim) Esho was diagnosed with locally advanced unresectable Pancreatic Cancer. 

Just a few months prior he'd started pursuing his lifelong dream to move abroad to launch his own company in Spain. 

Babs was active, health conscious and a healthy person with no prior medical conditions, surgeries or ailments. 

And suddenly he started feeling a mild back pain which progressively got worse and eventually moved to his abdomen. 

Over the course of several months and being misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, H.Pylori Virus, and even food allergies- he was finally diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer upon his return to Toronto at Princess Margaret Hospital.

With a grim prognosis and no possibility of a cure or surgery, since the tumor had completely encased his 2 major veins and arteries by the pancreas, the only treatment and hope he had was chemotherapy. 

My husband was given an 18-month survival and life expectancy due to the advanced stage of the tumor.

Unfazed and facing fearful odds, he made a personal vow to fight and stay alive for his family, especially for our two young kids.

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Miraculous Response to Chemotherapy
After 1 round of chemo, he started experiencing uncontrollable nausea and vomiting. After multiple trips to the ER, he was finally diagnosed with obstruction in his stomach caused by the tumor. 

On June 3rd, 2018, he successfully underwent a gastric bypass surgery however by this time, he had lost about 45 lbs, out of his normal weight of 160Lbs.

With 8 more intense bouts of chemotherapy, the doctors called on September 28th, with the news that the primary tumor was no longer detectable on the CT Scan. 

This is a miraculous recovery and response to chemotherapy that is very rare. This new development now makes surgery, which is the only known cure, a possibility.
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#BlackPantherBeatsCancer
One of the nurses at Princess Margaret said Babs reminds her of the superhero Black Panther (T'Challa portrayed by Chadwick Boseman) due to his strong yet calm demeanor even in the midst of difficult times.

The nickname Black Panther has stuck with him and has made an impact in him believing he could beat the disease, and help in finding a cure.

What has helped so far are prayers, a strong belief/faith, family, friends, and chemotherapy.

We need your help so Babs can continue his fight in pursuing a cure for this deadly disease.

Your financial support would help him get the miracle he needs.

WE NEED YOUR HELP
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We have a young family - a 2-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. Due to cancer, Babs has not been able to work and provide for his family. Since the cancer diagnostic, our hopes and dreams have been interrupted and put on hold.

With no steady source of income for the past 17 months,  our abrupt move back to Canada from Spain and the overall instability of what the next steps were, we've had to rely on our savings, generosity of close friends and families contributing money to pay for our living expenses, medication, and overall needs.  I (Belinda) will be starting a new job in early November, however, we still need your help/support.

Babs' surgery will be sometime in November or December, so your help will go a long way towards our immediate needs.

His surgery is a Whipple procedure, which is a complex operation to remove the head of the pancreas, the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) and the gallbladder. There will also be vascular reconstruction (the surgeons will reconstruct his artery and his vein- MAJOR STUFF)!

HOW YOUR DONATION WILL BE USED?

- Second Opinions at MD Anderson from Surgical Oncologists
- Travel and Accommodation to Houston
- Medical Expenses after surgery
- Transportation
- Health and Nutrition
- Childcare


HOW YOU CAN HELP TODAY
1- Donate what you can, no amount too small.

2- Share on all social media with hashtag #BlackPantherBeatsCancer

3- Email our GoFundMe and these steps to all contacts

4- Leverage any avenue you have to make this go viral (or send us leads/tips)
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It was almost exactly a year ago today that, while in Barcelona, the doctors found a tumour on Babs' pancreas. I vividly remember this period, because it was so close to Liam’s 2nd birthday and Easter had just passed.

Once the tumour was detected on the CT Scan, Babs made plans to fly back to Canada. By coincidence, the day that he flew out, one of my brother's had already made plans to come visit us for a week.

Not knowing what was ahead, we knew that Babs needed to get a medical opinion in Canada asap, which is why he left quickly. His sister met him there and I stayed behind in Spain to tie loose ends before flying to Canada a week later.

The timing of all this was so perfect that I knew that it wasn’t just chance. Someone above was letting us know that despite the grim news, He would be in control.

Even with that, I still felt great uncertainty. We all did. But there was sense of overwhelming peace that took over me, to reassure us that we would be equipped to go through this.

A year ago, Babs, was in a lot of pain. His prayer to God then was to simply take that pain away.

From the moment that Bab’s started his chemotherapy on May 17th 2018, he no longer felt ANY pain. 

Right now, he is in NO pain whatsoever! Isn’t that a miracle?

The discomfort that he is feeling comes from symptom management of his chemo, but once he is off chemo, he feels great.

And when the doctors initially shared with us the grim prognosis, we knew that we simply had to take it a day at a time. And we were also aware that if anyone was going to throw pancreatic cancer a curve ball, it would be Babs!

In the last 12 months, Babs has had almost 17 rounds of chemo and two operations. Although he did not get the Whipple procedure as planned, he is having a 100% response from chemotherapy alone.

On March 11th 2019, Babs did a PET scan (a precise scan that shows cancerous activity at the cellular level) and at the time of the scan, the results were that there is no cancerous activity found in his body!

We thank God! That in itself is definitely not what the doctors anticipated a year ago.

The plan now is still to take it a day at a time. And to trust that somehow things will work themselves out.

But while we do, that here is our plan of action:

Babs will take a 2-3 month break from chemo and continue to do some scans to see if things stay stable (one chemo round left for now, on April 27th)
In addition to chemotherapy, he went to see a naturopathic doctor who will help him boost his immune system by way of diet and nutrition
Babs is making plans to go back to work!
Continue to enjoy the present day with full gratitude, since tomorrow is not promised to us!
Trip to Johns Hopkins to discuss combination therapy options

Cancer is greedy, but as a family, we have made a decision NOT to let it steal our hope, joy and faith.

On behalf of Babs, I want to thank you for your support, prayers and words of encouragement. This has reminded us that we are not on this journey alone.

And I want for you all to know that our Black Panther is a fighter. His mind is sound. He is in good spirits. And he is ready to pursue his passions again.
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Hi everyone! I've had the good intentions of sending this update sooner since so many of you have reached out to know how Babs is doing since the surgery on December 12th. Thanks to you all your phone calls, text messages and emails to let us know that you are thinking about him and praying for our family.

Babs is home now and is doing well, he was discharged from the hospital on Saturday, December 15th.

Unfortunately, the surgery did not go as planned. As the surgeons started the operation, they did a survey of his organs and noticed small specks on his liver. A biopsy was conducted on the spot and it confirmed that cancer had spread to his liver. Clearly not the news we were prepared to hear...

By then, they had already removed his gallblader and they decided not to continue with the surgery as a proactive measure to ensure that he can resume chemotherapy as soon as possible.

We are still hopeful though, he only had 8 sessions of chemotherapy and had a tremendous response just with that. We are confident that with more rounds there can be even more progress and that other types of therapies may also play a powerful role in his ability to kick pancreatic cancer's ass!

So, what's next? We are meeting with his oncologist on January 2nd to discuss combination therapies that may be most effective. But more importantly, we stay faithful that the Almighty isn't done his miraculous work with Babs.
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We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported and/or shared Babs story. THANK YOU for your gift to Babs beating Pancreatic Cancer. We are humbled by your generosity. Beyond the funds raised on the campaign; others have offered/paid for additional medical consultations, sent us checks, money transfers, and cash. We can hardly express the depth of our gratitude to you for the outpouring of love shown to our family.

Over the last few weeks, Babs has undergone an extensive array of medical tests in preparation for his surgery. We are pleased that all his tests continue to show improvement. His tumor marker blood test is now well within the normal range - showing the lowest reading since his initial diagnosis. Babs is doing great having gained about 25lbs in the last 2-3 months. Side effects from chemo have finally subsided. He is also eating well and his energy level is back to normal.

Surgery provides the best medical opportunity for a cure.

To date, Babs medical records and treatment plan has been reviewed by surgeons/specialists in the Florida, Barcelona, Vancouver, and Toronto. The recommended course of action is unanimous among all the experts, so based on this we've decided not to seek any additional opinions or treatment options. We are confident the surgical team in Toronto will provide the best level of care possible.

So on December 12th, Babs will undergo the Whipple procedure including vascular resection at Toronto General Hospital. He will also undergo 3-4 more rounds of chemo a few weeks after the surgery.

Your contribution/gift will continue to go towards Babs medical expenses especially new medications, nutrition, supplements, and additional treatment/therapies post surgery. Day to day expenses that accumulate while battling this disease can be substantial. We are praying that his recovery is a short one, however, your gift will better prepare us for the journey ahead.

Your continued support, prayers and well wishes are needed.

Thank you
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