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Michael Mugrage Cancer Fund

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Raised by 652 people in 13 months
Created November 6, 2017
On Monday of last week (10/30/2017) Michael Mugrage, a vibrant and insanely gifted 15 year old boy, fell incredibly ill at school. His lung collapsed and he was rushed to Savannah Children’s Memorial Hospital. We fast forward a week and now know that a tumor was pressing upon Michael’s diaphragm, likely resulting in the collapse of his lung. Unfortunately this is the where the story begins. Michael’s mother, my dear friend, Jessica Mugrage, has been told that he has a rare form of sarcoma...a cancer that has begun to spread, to an extent that still remains unknown. I am personally connected to this family. He lives a few doors away from us. I sold them their home, and my 15 year old child is one of his few friends, as they are newly relocated to the area from Hawaii. I can personally vouch for the need that this family is experiencing. His mother Jessica was a successful realtor in Hawaii who is now new to the industry here and, as such, has already been struggling to make ends meet as a furniture salesperson at Haverty’s. She is a single mom with two truly exceptional boys and the future emotional and financial burden that she faces with this newfound diagnosis for her son is too heart wrenching for me to imagine. Our community is so amazing and I, along with my four children,  personally experienced this after the sudden loss of my husband last year. As a community , I am pleading that we rise up together and help Michael, his mother, Jessica, and sweet little brother Matthew right now in an effort to ease their financial burden so that they are able to focus on his recovery. His prognosis is not good and is truly a nightmare for any parent. Pray, give deeply, and please share...the costs of his care will far surpass what any parent, especially Jessica at the moment, could ever bear.  Jessica is my friend and her son is truly a sweet, caring, and very scared child right now.   She is literally living in the hospital in Savannah with him and doing what she can to farm out her sweet younger son Matthew to near strangers so that she can spend as much time as possible with Michael. I will update the moment I know more and continue to do so until this sweet child recovers. Feel free to message me for more information.
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My precious son Michael left us early this morning. While my heart is shattered into a million pieces, I realize that the loss of my sweet Michael will be felt by so many of you as well. More information regarding services will follow.
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The last week and a half have been very difficult for Michael, his little brother, myself and our family. Hours after his most recent chemotherapy on 7/24/18, Michael started experiencing a lot of lower abdominal pain. I took him into the clinic and he was found to be severely neutropenic and needed blood products. During the first transfusion he spiked a fever and was admitted in the hospital. Several days passed with more transfusions, and his pain was getting worse. He eventually had an x-ray and ultrasound, and what was there led to a CT scan and PET/CT scan. While waiting for the PET/CT to start we heard two people ring the bell (customary to ring a bell after the end of cancer treatment and no sign of disease). It was so bittersweet silently celebrating other people’s triumph over cancer while knowing that Michael’s battle was not looking as promising as it had over the last few months. Wednesday our fears were confirmed that the cancer had spread, and with a vengeance. Several spots are in his lungs and other areas, as well as two tumors estimated to be the size of baseballs, and he has ascites (fluid from the cancer surrounding his digestive organs) likely to be contributing to his pain. After meeting with the surgeons and oncologist it was determined that surgery was not an option with a positive outcome and that the cancer is resistant to the treatment. I had to tell his little brother, my youngest son, and that was heartbreaking. Nurses, doctors, and others came in throughout the day to say goodbye. I brought Michael home that evening and he is now getting palliative care.
Michael does not want to stop fighting. He still wants a miracle so he can live. We know what the prognosis is, but Michael has decided he would like to see what Recurrent and Refractory Metastatic ARMS (Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma) clinical trials involve and which he might be able to apply for. We are scheduled to be traveling to another institution to learn about any options. We all want Michael to be in remission while hopefully a cure is developed. But Michael has been told that his time is limited. He is hoping that if he participates in a trial, it may improve his quality of life and lesson his suffering, give him more time, and it would lead toward helping other children who are or will be affected by this terrible disease.
Your continued prayers and good thoughts are welcome. Thank you.
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June 15, 2018 UPDATE

The biopsy from the April surgery revealed that the cancer is still active and unfortunately not all of the main tumor mass was able to be removed, due to it being in a difficult area to access. Treatment has continued and since May 2, 2018 Michael has had 14 days of chemo, 1 hospital stay, and 30 days of radiation. That’s A LOT for anyone to handle and Michael has been brave through it all. The effects of radiation will continue after the last treatment today (more in months ahead) and he is doing the best he can. Even with the challenges of the side effects, he manages to find a way to make me smile and laugh.

I have been unable to work much the last few months as I’ve needed to be with Michael. I am very grateful to the individuals and organizations that have helped ease the burden as I focus on being where I need to be. Thank you also to my employer for all the flexibility they have given me. And finally thank you all for your support and continued prayers and well wishes.

On to the next phase of treatment...
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We are pleased to share some good news! Michael has completed 20 weeks of chemotherapy followed by 4 weeks off treatment while tests were done. The tests showed the mass that was from his abdomen to most of his left lung shrunk so much that Michael had surgery on Monday and it was removed!
We know there is still a long road ahead. Starting in a few days, Michael is to have chemo + radiation 5x/week for 5 weeks.
Michael continues to be my hero! Keep praying for him please!
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Raised by 652 people in 13 months
Created November 6, 2017
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