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Firefighter/Mom Answers Call ToHelp Colleagues Son

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 BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY FIREFIGHTER / MOM ANSWERS THE CALL TO SAVE FELLOW FIREFIGHTER’S  SON WITH LIVER DONATION 

Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma is a rare form of liver cancer affecting primarily adolescents who are otherwise healthy. Statistics state approximately 1 in 5 million people are diagnosed with this rare form of liver cancer. Due to the rarity of the disease, there are no treatment trials that have been tested on a large group of patients. Therefore treatment is often provided and based individually on the symptoms the patient has presented. In this case, where we are asking for your assistance, it involves an 18-year old (Jarrett Singer)who is the son of Canadian Fire Fighter, Mark Singer.

After rounds of chemotherapy and attempted surgical intervention were unsuccessful, Mark sent out a plea to friends, family, and those on Social Media to save his son's life. It wasn’t long before his colleagues at Ajax Fire and Emergency Services are also going beyond the call of duty and stepping up to the task of seeing how they can help.

Jarrett Singer, also a fitness and sports enthusiast, played competitive hockey Oshawa (AA and AAA) and represented Junior Team Canada in Prague for ball hockey. Jarrett also had been in school at the University of Guelph for Applied Human Nutrition. This is a young man who already has direction and intention for his life contrary to many of his peers. In our opinion, he is definitely a recipient who deserves to experience what his life can offer given the opportunity to live it.

That's why it is no surprise Nadine Young answered the ultimate call for help from her colleague (Mark Singer). When familial liver donors were not viable, it left a family relying on waitlists for organ donors. This condition requires a living donor to be matched, but only after extensive testing for both the donor and the recipient.

Nadine, like Mark, is a Firefighter in the city of Ajax, Ontario, and is known for her commitment to fitness/health, as well as her dedication to her profession. Nadine was matched with Jarret after extensive rounds of diagnostic testing that included MRI imaging, blood work, psychological assessments, and more. The donor candidate handbook, pre-op, and postoperative instructions are enough to remind someone this is not a simple procedure. The process is physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially exhausting for both families involved.

When she's not at work, Nadine loves being with her family, especially her two-year-old daughter, Adelynn. She enjoys family outings, going to the gym, walking her four rescue pups, painting portraits, fixing or building things, giving her time to a good cause, and always being available to help a family member, a friend, a colleague or even a complete stranger, just because she believes it is what she was meant to do. For Nadine, this is something she simply must do for Jarrett. When she decides to do something, it is going to happen, so it is best to just get on the bandwagon. So here we are.

For Jarret's family, the time off work to go through diagnosis, chemotherapy, surgery, and now the organ donation process, has been an emotional and financial strain. They've had enough ups and downs to last a lifetime.

For our family, while Nadine is hospitalized, the best solution logistically would be for our daughter, Adelynn, and I to stay in a Toronto hotel near the hospital. This will enable us to be there more often to support her through the surgery and hospitalization. Normally, we each care for Adelynn while the other works, however, while Nadine is going through the surgery and recovery process, she won't be able to work for at least three months. She will have also limitations on what she can do during that time. She won't be able to lift more than ten pounds for 6-8 weeks, which means she will not be able to hold or carry Adelynn. For a mother who's so involved in her daughter's daily life, it's devastating to think she won't be able to pick Adelynn up in her arms to hug her or tuck her into bed. I'll be taking care of Adelynn myself during Nadine's recovery. I love being a father, and would not miss any of it for the world, but during this time, I will miss out on work opportunities along the way. The unknown financial deficit to our family is a concern.

There are many considerations and emotional battles for Nadine, Jarrett, and our respective families. For Nadine, there’s the stress of her maternal instincts to save another mother from losing her child, responsibility to her family (Adelynn, Todd, who is a former police officer, and her four rescue pups), and the constant feeling of “what if something goes wrong?”

The surgery will last approximately eight hours and will require an approximate ten inch incision to remove part of the right lobe of her liver to donate to Jarrett. The next few months will be one of anticipation and a test of mental, physical, and emotional fortitude for Jarrett, Nadine, and both families. One mother will put her personal and professional life on hold, risk her own life, her quality of life, the needs of her own daughter, and family to help save the child of another  mother.  Jarrett’s mother has already been through so much, and still has to experience the agonizing wait to see if her son's body will accept the organ gift.

It is unfortunate financial issues become a concern for both families in a situation as important as this, but we are asking for help and donations. This would be to help provide care and support for Nadine and Adelynn, and to help our family meet unforeseen expenses during a time when our family income will be strained and unpredictable. Nadine and I are minimalistic in our approach to these logistics, as our desire is to provide your donations to Jarrett.

Both families are sacrificing much for this to have a successful outcome. Not having to worry about financial concerns would relieve some of the stress we're feeling as we proceed. Once we've come through this at the other end, we would like give the remaining funds to Jarret's family.  Jarrett will need expensive medication for the rest of his life.  Our reason for going through all of this is for Jarret to live a happy, productive, and fulfilled life.

We would be forever grateful for your part in helping all of us save this young man's life, preserving a family unit, and making this Mother's Day 2019 all about one mother saving another mother's son.

Thank you in advance for your prayers, support, and generosity.  If you are only able to share this message, we appreciate your help in getting the word out there!

Respectfully,

Todd Vinson (Fiancé of Donor)  


Please view the photos below and see who you are helping with your kindness, generosity, and sharing our message.

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Greetings friends, family, supporters, and donors,

Today was Nadine's 4 week post-operative appointment at Toronto General. Nadine met with her surgeon and a psychologist. The surgeon said she is doing very well and she could stop taking daily syringe injections of anti-clotting medications. The injections have left Nadine's legs with a colorful and painful pattern of bruises on her thighs. This was something she dreaded oddly enough. She handled getting cut wide open like a champ, but a one inch needle became her daily nemesis....often needing a pep talk before she administered her injection.

Jarrett Singer has another follow up next week. He is reportedly doing well and is occasionally seeing his friends.

Nadine and the Singers still talk nearly every day.

Please remember our SINGER STRONG STORE is still taking orders of T-shirts, Tanks, Hoodies, and Hats. Show your support for the Singers or for this cause. We can customize our designs to almost anything you can think of.

You can view our inventory here:

https://www.toddvinsonphotography.com/singer-strong-store
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Nadine is feeling better and up a few pounds from the 18 lost since surgery. She is having a fair amount of pain in her arms and bruising developing in her arms (possibly from being strapped down during surgery and the numerous lines in her arms) and legs. She is, however, enjoying more interaction with Adelynn. She will return to the doctor in just under two weeks for a follow up.

Jarrett is back home and probably enjoying some familiarity and comforts. He is also experiencing some of the same pains Nadine is feeling. He is not complaining of any abdominal pains at this time.

Nadine and the Singers talk nearly every day and I do not see that changing.


On another, non-medical note…

We have had several requests, comments, and suggestions regarding the apparel people have seen in the television interviews and being worn by both families.

We have worked for a little over a week, doing research, learning on the University of YouTube, numerous trial and error sessions with Nadine, and speaking to vendors. I can now report we have partnered with Find Balance Printing in Bowmanville for fulfillment of our orders on the Singer Strong Store. The vendor has graciously donated portions of her service to this campaign. We will facilitate orders for what I am calling “Singer Swag”, process and dispatch them for production, before delivering or shipping them to our supporters.

We are not set up to make a profit on the store. We intend to recover production and shipping costs. Any and all proceeds will go to the Singer family or a charity of their choosing. I am also hosting the store on my photography page to save costs. At checkout, you will have multiple shipping/delivery options: to include shipping options that designate a dollar donation. The remaining balance after shipping will go to charity.

Thank you for your feedback, patience, and continued support.

THE SINGER STRONG STORE IS NOW OPEN!

You can find the link to our store here:


SingerStrongStore

https://linktr.ee/SingerStrongStore
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Nadine is doing slightly better today. She is still a frail 18 pounds less than when she went in to surgery. Nadine is usually in bed early and up just as early the next day, however, today had an uncharacteristic start for her. I was able to feed the pups, Adelynn, myself, and get through one full run of Frozen before Nadine made it downstairs. It seemed Nadine was a little disappointed in herself. But why?! I personally think she needs the rest. Her mind may have recovered before the rest of her body has caught up. She still manages to stay busy despite doctors orders to "REST."

I am fairly certain she asked the doctors, "Where is the rest muscle, and how do I work it?"

Nadine was informed by the Singer family that one of Jarrett's first post operative appointments and bloodwork went well. He is not in the clear, but all signs point to this operation being a success.

We spent the day running some errands and made one quick stop at Fresh Co in Brooklyn, ON (Baldwin / Roybrook). Upon entering the location, I observed a gentleman who appeared to recognize Nadine. It was either that, or he immediately agreed on the reason I moved to Canada.

I was loading Adelynn into the vehicle when this unnamed gentleman approached Nadine. He handed her $100, told her the money was for her GoFundMe campaign, and thanked her. He quietly walked to his vehicle, loaded his groceries, and drove away without another look.

This was another proud moment for me. Nadine represents more than just the extraordinary outward appearance, the prestige of her profession, and the number of men she out-lifts at our gym. She is still too modest to know how much of an impact she has on those around her.

I am also proud because, this is an indicator that our supporters are continually sharing our cause. We cannot thank you all enough for your generosity, support, and sharing our campaign.

Jarrett's family, much like Nadine, always take the time to check on the others involved. When they check in on Nadine, they also ask about me....! I am not the one who underwent major surgery. This speaks to the character and moral fiber this family has. I am proud to have the opportunity to witness this story and see the lives it touches other than my own.

Stay tuned for the opening of our Singer Strong Store. We will have a link to a landing page, where you can enter your information and receive a brochure of the "Singer Swag" we will be providing.

We are not doing this for profit and will provide all proceeds to continued support of the Singer Family or a charity of their choosing.
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here's a short video I put together showcasing the interviews of the Singer family and Nadine Young. The interviews were cut down for the video and shown throughout. This video condenses images and videos from pre op, day of surgery, and the initial days post ooeratively. Part two is in the works...
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