Help my Dad beat Colon Cancer

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Hi Everyone.  This is our dad, Jose Antonio, right before he went in for surgery. 

Our dad has always had an amazing outlook and positive attitude about everything! Even being diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer, his response was "It's all good", which is how he responds to anything in life - good or bad.

He was told it would be a simple procedure to remove the mass in his colon and he'd be on the mend and back to his life very soon!

However, once the surgeons opened him up, they discovered a very aggressive tumor in his colon that had spread to his pancreas and other sections of his large intestine. 

They ended up removing most of his colon and did their best to scrape the tumor off his pancreas. They also found numerous cancerous polyps - that were previously undetected on a colonoscopy.

His cancer was also found to be caused by Lynch Syndrome, which is an inherited condition that increases your risk of colon cancer and several other cancers, including brain, stomach and skin.  (unfortunately we will need to be tested for the gene as well).

But ... we're here to raise money for my dad's treatment and to help pay for living expenses.  See - when he was rushed to the emergency room in late June, he had just been laid off from a temp job, so he had NO health insurance and NO severance pay.

Luckily, my family has been able to get emergency funds to cover some of his expenses, but that will barely make a dent in the cost of his hospital stay, surgery, and his chemo and radiation treatments.

My mom is doing her best to hold down the fort; working, negotiating on my dad's behalf to get disability, etc.   And my brother and I are contributing what we can from our part-time jobs.

But, it's not enough.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Anything you can donate will be so appreciated!  

Lastly, My dad is an incredibly talented man too!  He's been working on a children's play called, 'Brother Elm - Guardian of the Meadow', which has been a lifelong dream of his to produce.  

Our goal is to make sure he's around to make that dream a reality!

Help us Help our Dad!

with Gratitude, Love and Thanks!!!

Jaime and Jesse

ps - our mom, Ellen, says THANKS SO MUCH too!

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Hi Everyone! It's been awhile since I've posted an update. Again - I want to thank everyone that has donated to our campaign so far! We are so blessed and very grateful!!!

Since I last posted, Jose had the staples out (or maybe I already posted that) from his surgery. He's healing well and we hope to begin Chemo very soon.

We met with the oncologist today and they went over the treatment plan. Jose will be receiving both an oral medication and a cancer-drug intravenously. His doctor said he'll be undergoing Chemo treatment for six months.

So ... the Journey continues! (He doesn't look too thrilled in this picture).

Please continue to share this campaign with your friends and family. No amount is too small! And if you prefer to mail a check - you can. Or - just send us your prayers!

Thanks!!! x Ellen
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Hi Everyone! Thanks for all your continued support! We're overwhelmed with Gratitude!

Just a quick update for now - Jose had his stitches removed yesterday. Actually ... they were staples! He had over 25! Looked like Frankenstein! I guess all one needs is a staple-gun! Modern Medicine!

Well - next week he should start Chemo. We'll keep you posted on his progress.

In the meantime - please keep sharing our campaign and send your love and prayers our way!

We're well on our way to funding his treatment! Thanks again! xo

ps - This picture was taken a few years back at Disney for the twins birthday. Here's knowing many more birthday celebrations in the future!
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Many people know of Dr. Bernie Siegel who is a proponent of integrative and holistic approaches to healing that heal not just the body but also the mind and soul. A retired surgeon, and a lover of animals, he has been named one of the top twenty Spiritually Influential Living People by Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine (London).

So ... in the 'spirit' of healing, love and lots of joy, we welcomed 'Blue' to our family. A rescue kitty we adopted from the Pasadena Humane Society after picking up the ashes of our beloved 'Peanut' who passed the same week Jose was admitted to the hospital.

He's sweet, playful, and loving. Just what our household needed - or 'exactly what the Dr. ordered'! He's definitely put a huge smile on Jaime's face!
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Happy Monday Everyone! I want to thank all of our donors again for your love and generosity! We've raised almost $2500 so far!

We woke up yesterday to this card from 'Cancer Control Society' about alternative cancer therapies. Since Jose has not started Chemo yet - probably not a bad idea to check this out. We'll keep you posted.!

Please continue to share our link with your friends, colleagues, lists, etc. We really appreciate all the support. I was able to pay the first round of bills; CT scan and visiting Dr. bills. Thanks!!!!
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