James' Medical Journey Fund

$4,915 of $96,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 11 months
Five years ago, I was diagnosed with a Germinoma Brain Tumor. I went through two brain surgeries, four rounds of chemotherapy and twenty-four radiation treatments to get rid of the tumor. It went away. This January during a routine MRI follow-up, it was discovered that my tumor has come back. The doctors plan of action to get rid of the tumor is two rounds of chemotherapy, followed by high-dose chemotherapy, followed by radiation to my whole brain and whole spine. In other words, they want to kill the tumor and then kill my immune system and then nuke my brain and spine to make sure it never comes back. On a scale of one to ten, the treatments I had before were a three-four. This time around, it would be a nine or ten. I was miserable when I went through it before and that was nothing compared to the proposed plan.

We have talked to doctors all over the country to find out how to treat my tumor the safest way possible. I have learned that there are ways to treat it so that I can remain the person that I am today. I have consults set up to talk about alternative, natural medicine with naturopath oncologists. I may still use a piece of the traditional medicine (for example, chemotherapy), but in a lot lower dose and alongside treatments to keep my good cells healthy. These options are a lot safer. They build up my body to fight the tumor, vs tearing it down with the traditional treatments. I'm hoping to live at home or close to home but there is a good chance that I will have to travel out of state to be treated. No matter what treatment I choose and no matter where I go for treatment I'm going to be expected to pay thousands, several thousands. Our coinsurance is extremely high for in network and even higher for out of network. The FDA doesn't approve some of the forms of treatment, which means my health insurance doesn’t have to and won’t pay for anything considered “experimental” or “alternative”.

Mom and dad don't have time to plan a fundraiser for me. Dad is working every day, most weeks he’s working 7 days a week unless he goes to appointments with us. Mom is constantly researching and talking to doctors and nurses. I don't like the idea of asking for help but I have to so I can continue to be me. I am estimating that my out of pocket medical expenses are going to be at least $96,000 over the next couple months. My family has already spent over $15,000 and I am still looking for the right treatment. Anything that you can do to help me is very much appreciated, more than I can express.

Thank you,

James H. Day
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$4,915 of $96,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 11 months
Created March 26, 2017
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Annamaria Wenner
5 months ago

Sending much #deanlove your way!

Bill Moore
5 months ago

Hang in there james

The Nygren Family
5 months ago

Your incredible positivity will bring you through! Just like you were in Huskies Youth Hockey with Lily, I remember your tough "never-give-up" style as well as your kindness. Blessings to you James and your family as you give every day your best!

Katherine Mancini
5 months ago

I hope you find that there are more good people out there than there are bad ones.

Kathryn Rose
5 months ago

The least I could do after reading your story was hopefully cover the lost bottle and can donations. God bless you and your family.

Jessica Benson
9 months ago

Happy Birthday James!! Keep on smiling bud!!

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