Medical Expenses for Jesse Acosta

$2,145 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 24 months
Rachel OBrien  SPOKANE, WA
Cancer sucks, there is no way around that. 
Our sweet friend and local artist Jesse Acosta is batteling cancer and we want to help in any way possible. If you have met Jesse you know that he radiates creativity and kindness. He's a hard worker who is balancing work, supporting his family and keeping that creative vibe strong.

Jesse and his new bride are expecting thier first baby in about a month. A super exciting and challenging time for them. When you go through something like this, there is often little help with medical expenses and those add up much faster than anyone is comfortable with. This is where we come in. Any little bit helps and is appreciated more than you know. 

You can support Jesse in antoher way as well! He's got a great Etsy shop and all sorts of fun stuff for sale. 
His screen printing skills are off the charts awesome: 

http://www.jesseacosta.net/screenprinting.htm

 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/jacosta

We would be so greatful if you could share this with your friends and help us support one of our favorite local artists. 

Thank you!


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Posted by Rachel OBrien
22 months ago
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Here's the latest from Jesse's tumblr page:

"This last year has been very difficult for me, and my new little family. Last summer, a week after my wife found out she was pregnant with our first child, we learned that I had cancer. Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the tongue to be precise. Never been a drinker or smoker either, so it was a real shock to have oral cancer.

Over the last several months, Ive had four surgeries, lost 30% of my tongue from surgeries to remove tumors, had two neck dissections to remove tumors from when the cancer spread to my lymph nodes, a major muscle was removed from my neck in the process because of the cancer, lost my job because of all the surgeries and wasn’t able to do the physical work after the removal of my sternocleidomastoid muscle. Just a month ago, I finally finished the grueling process of radiation therapy on my throat and mouth, and chemotherapy. I lost over 60 pounds from chemo and radiation making it difficult to eat from chemo sickness, and swelling my throat from radiation. The chemo also gave me tinnitus (ringing in the ears). The chemo med I was on is a newer med, cisplatin, and fortunately I didn’t lose the hair on top of my head from it like you see in the movies and tv. The radiation though actually affected all my facial hair, and everywhere they shot me with radiation (below my nose down to the middle of my neck). My beard fell out, and now I can’t grow any facial hair. The worst part of the radiation is losing taste from targeting my tongue. I also can’t make saliva like I used to because the radiation affected some of my saliva glands.

As you can imagine, the medical bills for this have been coming in, and it’s been unbelievably overwhelming. My wife and I have been doing our best to stay afloat, but it’s been hard since I’ve been out of work for all the procedures, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. We’re at about $5,000 in bills so far from cat scans, PET scans, surgeries, hospital stays, biopsies, labs, and I’m still getting bills as we speak. I had a post chemo/radiation CT last week, and the estimated bill for that is $766.

My friends have been great, and started a Go Fund Me campaign. I know a lot of people don’t have the money to assist others, so I’m simply asking for you to share this at the very least.
Thank you."
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Posted by Rachel OBrien
22 months ago
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We really appreciate everyone's support for Jesse so far! We are so happy to be sending Jesse 100% of your donations to help him and his family during this difficult time.

At this time we plan on keeping this page open because medical bills don't stop.

Thank you.
Rachel & Nathan
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Posted by Rachel OBrien
24 months ago
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You guys are the best! Thank you so much! Every single donation will be so helpful. Thank you, thank you.
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$2,145 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 24 months
Created February 23, 2015
SP
$5
Shell Presto
21 months ago
MP
$40
Mark Perez
22 months ago
$300
Andrade Family
22 months ago
$30
Anonymous
22 months ago
$50
Anonymous
22 months ago
JU
$100
Johnny Utah
22 months ago
$5
Anonymous
22 months ago
$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
LV
$20
Lisa Vensland
22 months ago

I know $20 isn't a lot but I hope it helps. Fight the battle & keep positive

MA
$20
Margaret Ashford-Trotter
22 months ago
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