PJ and Ruth - Ultimate Fundraiser
In September 2015 PJ was diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue, a type of cancer. The tumor on his tongue was then removed along with several nodules within his neck as the cancer had spread. Along with the surgery, PJ's doctors highly recommended that he complete six weeks of radiation treatment. Unfortunately after a few short weeks after his radiation was completed an abscess grew where the incision on his neck was and the family has discovered that the cancer is back again with a vengence on his tongue and neck. In addition PJ will have a lung biopsy for a suspicious spot there. Treatment plans will either be neck surgery again (including a skin graft) and take more tongue (will have to take muscle from elsewhere to rebuild it), chemo and 6 months of recovery. If the spot on his lung is cancerous then they will classify his case as stage 4b inoperable and there will be more referrals and a treatment plan.
Money donated will be used to help pay bills as PJ will need to be off of work for an extended length of time which will be taxing on the family's income.
PJ is very loved by his family, his friends and is an important role model for all of the youth that he impacts within his church. Your prayers and support are appreciated in so many ways.
In May 2016, PJ spent a month in the hospital after being severely dehydrated and malnourished from having extreme difficulties in being able to drink and eat. After stabilizing him in the hospital, they were able to give him a feeding tube to make sure he could say nourished. Since May 2016, PJ and his family have been able to help his progress with daily visits for fluids, homemade feeding tube meals and many other things. PJ has also been able to eat some via his mouth. PJ has completed several rounds of chemo to help keep the cancer down and at bay. His doctors have been searching for a trial drug for him to participate in. It looks like there may be one or two options in the near-future that will hopefully help obliterate this terrible disease.
The family is also now weighed down by the fact that their savings and funds will likely be diminished in a few short months dues to having to start over with medical deductibles and that PJ is still too sick to work.
We humbly ask that this Christmas season you would consider helping to bless this family (for the first time or once again) to help them get through the next year.
Your prayers and support are appreciated in so many ways. Thank you and Merry Christmas.
Cannot donate as I've found myself in a similar situation. However my thought & prayers are with you and I will share this info that someone shared on our go fund me page that was a tremendous help & financial blessing. Google: United Healthcare Children's Foundation. Best wishes.