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It Takes a Dancing Village to Heal DJ Dorian

$44,997 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 510 people in 4 months
Created April 14, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Tracy Holland
Dear fellow dancer and friend, both old and new - You might be one of the lucky individuals who have had the opportunity to either dance with Dorian or witness his passion behind the DJ booth as he shares his love of Latin music with the community.  

You might also have noticed that Dorian has been absent from the dancing and DJ scene for a little while... It started with some back pain that was initially treated as muscle injury, but then evolved into rapid weight loss and bruising - a trip to the doctor to investigate the problem led to a devastating diagnosis of aggressive stage 3 Multiple Myeloma, a cancer in the bone marrow. 90% of his bone marrow already destroyed by the cancer.   He is currently receiving chemotherapy and is expected to undergo a bone marrow transplant at Duke University in the next 3 to 4 months.  

Needless to say, this life-changing diagnosis impacts not only Dorian, but his entire family, including his wife Tracy,  their daughter Athena (7), their twin sons Tiago and Uriah (4), and Dorian's sons Brandon (13) and Anthony (22). 

This campaign aims to help Dorian and his family financially so they can focus on getting Dorian back to health.  Dorian is fighting for his life, and every little bit helps to ease his concerns regarding his ability to provide for his family at this time. The money will be used in the following ways:

1.  Pay for 2 years of high insurance deductibles
2.  Relocation to North Carolina during the bone marrow transplant treatment, which often lasts several months
3.  Replacement of lost income, since Dorian will not be able to work at all during the time and Tracy will be limited in her capacity to tend to the Mambo Room, the dance studio they own and love.

More about Dorian and the Mambo Room -

Dorian grew up in a very small town in the mountains of Guatemala with his parents and five siblings. At the young age of 18, he made his way to the United States to find work and help provide for his family back in his country. He came here with nothing more than the clothes on his back, love in his heart, and the desire to make life better for his family back home. Not speaking the language, Dorian faced many obstacles, but he knew he could succeed and so he started working jobs in hotels and restaurants.  The satisfaction of sending funds home motivated him to keep going. Over time, he learned English, increased his job skills and started a family. In the midst of all that, like so many of us, he fell in love with salsa dancing.

Next to his family, salsa became his strongest passion and despite the limited options for salsa in Hampton Roads, he took classes and danced every opportunity that he could.  He became intertwined in a small group of friends who all shared his passion and thus the idea of the Mambo Room was born. The small group of friends multiplied and before they knew it, they had over 80-100 people coming  to learn salsa and dancing together every week and the Mambo Room. That small group of friends grew into an awesome dance community in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

As an owner of the Mambo Room, Dorian felt compelled to make his studio THE happy place for friends who love to dance and an opportunity for them to not only better their dancing, but also their lives. He travelled to DC, New York, North Carolina and Philly to take classes absorbing as much salsa and bachata as he possibly could. He also learned how to be a DJ from Steve Green in Richmond and how to run dance teams from Darlin Garcia in Philly.  It was his passion to share all of his knowledge of dance and music with his Hampton Roads community through the Mambo Room.  He knew he had a gift that could help others and change lives. You see, for Dorian salsa is not just a dance or hobby. It is his way of life and he knows that for those who fall in love with it, they experience self growth and life enhancement, and while at the Mambo Room he makes sure they feel community love and support. 

What Dorian and his wife Tracy started eleven years ago with friends was such a small idea for fun. They had no idea it would eventually result in what they have now - an amazing community of loving people who support each other in dance and in life.  As one of the original founders, Dorian is the HEART of the Mambo Room. Starting the Mambo Room opened an amazing world to him and in return, he opens it to others.

But more importantly, he is a husband and dad who needs his family to be supported by his dancing family as he fights to live.
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Dorian has had several small rounds of chemo and his acid levels are better. He has painful stomach issues so he is eating through a tube now, and he has major swelling from all the fluids which is making him miserable, but they are managing his pain well. He's still got a long way to go before he can get his transplant, but we are moving in the right direction. They moved him out of ICU and put him back on the cancer floor. ICU was scary and I'm soooooo happy to be back on the oncology floor. Who knew you could be too sick for the cancer floor! SMH. Anyways, the next step is to improve his health enough to be discharged from the hospital so he can receive different chemo in the cancer center. His cancer must be controlled more in order to get the transplant. They have not yet checked for a DNA match so there's still time to register. Text savedjdorian to 61474 and follow the directions. We are also still fundraising to cover the hospital bills. Sadly, out first stay at Duke was not covered and we owe a tremendous amount of money :-(

At this point moving forward, he needs prayers for NO MORE set backs. Go team go!

More updates:
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Dorian ha tenido varias rondas pequeñas de quimioterapia y sus niveles de ácido son mejores. Tiene problemas estomacales dolorosos, por lo que ahora está comiendo a través de una sonda y tiene una gran hinchazón debido a todos los líquidos que lo hacen sentir muy mal, pero están manejando bien su dolor. Todavía tiene un largo camino por recorrer antes de poder recibir su trasplante, pero estamos avanzando en la dirección correcta. Lo sacaron de la UCI y lo volvieron a colocar en el piso del cáncer. La UCI daba miedo y estoy muy feliz de estar de vuelta en el piso de oncología. El ICU es para personas demasiado enfermas para el piso de Cáncer. De todos modos, el siguiente paso es mejorar su salud lo suficiente como para ser dado de alta del hospital para que pueda recibir quimioterapia diferente en el centro oncológico. Su cáncer debe controlarse más para obtener el trasplante. Todavía no han verificado una coincidencia de ADN, por lo que todavía hay tiempo para registrarse. Envía el texto guardado jdorian al 61474 y sigue las instrucciones. También seguimos recaudando fondos para cubrir las facturas del hospital. Lamentablemente, nuestra primera estadía en Duke no estaba cubierta y debemos una enorme cantidad de dinero

En este momento, necesita oraciones para NO MÁS retrocesos. ¡Vamos equipo vamos!

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It's definitely been a rough couple of weeks. As we all know, Dorian's cancer is not an easy one to treat and it's taken a lot of time to figure out the best plan of action. Starting on the wrong plan could ruin his chance of survival. He's gotten very sick during this time with more complications than I can follow - possible pneumonia, really high acid in his body, bad stomach issues that no one seems to understand, low blood counts, and list goes on... Thanks to this, we are currently in the ICU at Duke. His health must improve before getting the kind of cancer treatment he needs, but they are starting him on a partial cancer treatment today with some new targeted therapy. His body won't tolerate another aggressive treatment like he has had, plus the results have been very short lived. We need something that will keep his cancer down long enough for him to have his transplant. I pray this partial treatment will hold the cancer down long enough for his body to regain balance and strength. If this happens, he can go back to a more aggressive chemo cocktail and have a fighting chance. We are both still very happy to be here at Duke and we have so much faith in Dr. Gasparetto and her staff, but I can't wait for all of this to be over. I miss our kids terribly. Please continue praying...

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Definitivamente han sido un par de semanas difíciles. Como todos sabemos, el cáncer de Dorian no es fácil de tratar y ha llevado mucho tiempo encontrar el mejor plan de acción. Comenzar con un plan equivocado podría arruinar su posibilidad de vivir. Se ha enfermado mucho durante este tiempo son muchas las complicaciones que puedo comentar: una posible neumonía, un nivel muy alto de ácido en su cuerpo, problemas estomacales que nadie parece entender, bajos recuentos sanguíneos y la lista continúa ... Gracias a esto, Actualmente estamos en la UCI. Su salud debe mejorar antes de recibir el tipo de tratamiento contra el cáncer que necesita, pero hoy está iniciando un tratamiento parcial contra el cáncer con una nueva terapia. Su cuerpo no tolerará otro tratamiento agresivo como el que ha recibido, además los resultados han sido de muy corta duración. Necesitamos algo que mantenga su cáncer bajo el tiempo suficiente para que tenga su trasplante. Rezo para que este tratamiento parcial mantenga el cáncer bajo el tiempo suficiente para que su cuerpo recupere el equilibrio y la fuerza. Si esto sucede, puede volver a un conjunto de medicamentos de quimioterapia más agresivo y tener una oportunidad de pelear. Los dos todavía estamos muy contentos de estar aquí y tenemos tanta fe en la Dra. Gasparetto y su personal, pero no puedo esperar a que todo esto termine. Extraño terriblemente a nuestros hijos. Por favor continúa orando ...

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We made it back to Duke! More later...
Estamos en Duke! Más información pronto...
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The rollercoaster continues... Last week Dorian started with a mild pain in his shoulder. It was a red flag for me, but his blood levels were still up and I was hopeful it wasn't a problem. My hope was shattered on Thursday when his blood labs showed a drastic drop. I felt terror knowing that his cancer was active again wrecking havoc inside his body and knowing it's too early for our insurance to get us back to Duke. I had to do something so I I dropped the kids with my mom and took him to the emergency room at VCU in Richmond. At this point he needs to be under the care of a center with a transplant facility. After testing, they found a tumor growing in his shoulder bone. It's pushing from the inside out and causing his bones to fracture. My sweet husband is in a lot of pain. I sit here helpless wishing I could take it from him. Doctors here are consulting with Dr Gasparetto at Duke and they are trying to devise a plan. Dorian's cancer is resistant to most treatment and even the most aggressive chemo he has had does not hold the cancer back long enough. They are thinking outside of the box to treatments that they use for leukemia. I've been told by three separate doctors that his myeloma acts a lot like leukemia so we will see. We need prayers again! This time specifically for these doctors to be able to solve this puzzle and pick a treatment that will kill his cancer cells while fitting everything in a timeline that allows for his transplant to happen. They are amazing doctors and if anyone can do this, I believe they can. As for now, we wait for the weekend to pass and see how he is. Monday we talk about a new plan.

More updates:
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Este sube y baja continúa ... La semana pasada Dorian comenzó con un dolor leve en el hombro. Era una señal de emergencia para mí, pero sus niveles en sangre aún estaban altos y tenía la esperanza de que no fuera un problema. Mi esperanza se hizo añicos el jueves cuando sus análisis de sangre mostraron una caída drástica. Sentí terror al saber que su cáncer estaba activo nuevamente causando estragos dentro de su cuerpo y sabiendo que era demasiado pronto para que nuestro seguro nos llevara de vuelta al Hospital Duke. Tenía que hacer algo, así que dejé a los niños con mi madre y lo llevé a la sala de emergencias en VCU en Richmond. En este momento, debe estar bajo mucho cuidado en el centro de trasplante. Después de los estudios, encontraron un tumor creciendo en su hueso del hombro. Que empuja de adentro hacia afuera y hace que sus huesos se fracturen. Mi dulce esposo tiene mucho dolor. Me siento aquí impotente deseando poder quitárselo. Los médicos aquí están consultando con la Dra. Gasparetto en Duke y están tratando de diseñar un plan. El cáncer de Dorian es resistente a la mayoría de los tratamientos e incluso la quimioterapia más agresiva que ha tenido no lo detiene el tiempo suficiente. Están pensando de manera innovadora en los tratamientos que usan para la leucemia. Otros tres médicos me dijeron que su mieloma se parece mucho a la leucemia, así que lo veremos. ¡Necesitamos oraciones nuevamente! Esta vez específicamente para que estos médicos puedan resolver este enigma y elegir un tratamiento que matará sus células cancerosas mientras se ajusta todo en una línea de tiempo que permita que su trasplante ocurra. Son doctores increíbles y si alguien puede hacer esto, creo que pueden hacerlo. Por ahora, esperamos que pase el fin de semana y veamos cómo está. El lunes hablaremos de un nuevo plan.

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Raised by 510 people in 4 months
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