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Help Gregory Powell Fight Cancer

$22,257 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 228 people in 4 months
Created July 15, 2018
Gregory needs help.

On June 23rd, Gregory went to a dentist thinking he had TMJ.  Unfortunately, things escalated quickly, and we now know this pain was actually caused by a tumor that had grown just under his left ear on his jaw bone. After a biopsy, we found out the tumor was cancerous and he was diagnosed with Stage IV  Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC). All of this happened within a matter of days.

ACC is diagnosed in about 1,200 new cases each year and afflicts about 10,000 patients in the United States, so there is not extensive research and funding for this more rare cancer. ACC’s progression is typically gradual and sometimes relentless. The disease has a tendency to grow along nerves. As a result he will need extensive surgery by the end of the month. Because his ACC is located on his facial nerve he may lose it during surgery. If he does, half of his face will be left paralyzed. No chemotherapies or targeted drugs have been approved for ACC, so he will have to endure radiation. 

Gregory is a fighter, however this journey is going to be incredibly difficult, and I know many family and friends have asked how they can help. As a freelancer, he was in between health insurance policies and never expected anything like this to happen at age 31. He will be enduring not only the physical pain of the surgery and radiation but the emotional weight of the hospital bills he will be incurring without insurance. 

If you are in a position to give (anything helps), these funds will go straight to him, to pay for health care, medications, food, expenses, reconstructive surgery, and anything else he may need in this -- the most trying time of his young life. I have created this GoFundMe for him, as I know he has difficulty asking for help, so anything you can do from a donation to well wishes and positive thoughts is so gratefully received. 

Thank you, 
Meghan
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Hi Everyone. Gregory revently applied for and was accepted to a Medicaid program. It is a huge relief as tomorrow 8/31 is surgery day. Medicaid will cover most of his medical and hospital expenses. However, Medicaid will not cover expenses such as: proton radiation, a unique less invasive form of radiation for cancers of the head and neck; facial reconstructive surgery; cosmetic surgery, or any alternative therapies that Gregory will need in his recovery. Also there will be basic living expenses as he will be out of work for 6-12 months. So we thank you for any donation you can make to help Gregory on this difficult journey. After tomorrow’s surgery, life will be forever changed for Gregory and while he is a strong and brave soul who will get through this, he could use as much support as possible to help him get through this. Thank you.
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Raised by 228 people in 4 months
Created July 15, 2018
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