Manji's before stalling
Some of you might know me from reddit as gejichan: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3dq4x8/im_the_kid_with_the_giant_hole_in_his_back_from/
Others might know me as that annoying kid that wouldnt quit asking to work at your shop :P
(talking about you, Alberto)
EDIT: So my mom is upset I called it my last journey. She thinks it is bad juju. i agree. Let me say now that there IS a silver lining to this. I have a few clinical trials that might be able to help my situation. I really do hope they can help me, but just in case I made this gofundme, since the odds are going to be stacked against me in this. I know though, that by miracle and science, I can pull through this.
Anyway I guess this is what you really care about ->>
It all started after waking up in recovery after surgery, dazed, and upbeat...
I had just gotten this non-cancerous growth cut out of my back above my shoulder blade.. about the size of a baseball.....
You know, I guess maybe it was just me being oblivious, but I never noticed why all of the nurses around me looked so bleak. As I was being rolled back to the waiting room to see my family, I looked at them and raised my arms high above my head.
"THE BATTLE HAS BEEN HARD, BUT THE WAR WAS WON!"
My moms face went pale, and my dad just kind of gulped and looked at me.
"Gage, they found some... cancerous tissue."
Since then, I have had a grueling fight against synovial sarcoma. With the holy trifecta of Doxorubicin, Ifosfamide, and Radiation, I was declared cancer free and a second chance. Not before destroying my kidneys and taking away 30% of my back, though.
I was in the clear. I got to finish my senior year of highschool, graduate, and even move across the country to pursue my dreams of becoming a performance mechanic and starting a youtube channel dedicated to autosports, and drifting.
But with this last 3 month checkup, there was found a rather large and aggressive sarcoma tumor growth in the plueral lining of my left lung, as well as two marble sized tumors in each lung. The news was grim. Really, really, grim.
I sat in my bathtub that night letting the water from the shower just hit my head and I cried. You know, whats the purpose of trying so hard and only being knocked down over, and over, and over, and over again?
But I had a second thought. It doesnt have to be that way. I can still do all of the things I planned on doing with my life. Maybe not all of them, but some things I can do even in the short period of time I would last if immuno just doesnt work.
Its a really just.. shitty, feeling.... for lack of better terms. Its honestly really scary too. Its always on your mind.
I know I am asking a lot, but please help me. I have never begged for something so hard in my life. I dont want to end this life knowing that it was nothing but beat down after beat down.
200,000 is really just a ballpark number. I dont know what it will take, even a little helps. My plans for this money are to build up my car with the help of some really good and nice people down in Orlando, and I plan to make youtube videos about it. Travel the world seeing beautiful sights and just breathing in fresh air from around this amazing planet. Driving on the famous tracks in Germany, Japan, Australia. I know I cant do it all but, I dont want to do it all. I just want to have some fun in a really dark time. I want to help out other kids in similar situations who share my passion. I just want to make an impact on this world.
Of course, I will push my hardest not to let it come to my passing. I will try to enter clinical trials, but a lot of these are in other states or even countries. I have a lot of hope for the new gene editing tool Crispr. Even if it doesnt save me, I know that one day it will save millions, and that is all that matters.
I also just got some really good news. I went to MD Anderson in Houston to consult the synovial sarcoma specialist about my condition and the plan. I was given a MUCH longer lifespan than I was originally told. With the help of a drug called votrient, I am expected to slow the cancerous spreading and growth. Hopefully long enough to hit some really dope clinical trials. Nothing is 100% at all, but this news is a lot lot lot better than hearing about nothing but "the unfixable".
I decided to change the name of this because it sounded really, just... grim to me. I'm always going to stay in good spirits and it just contradicts that. Please think of it less as a last journey and more of having some fun before I go through some really rough waters. I dont want to set anything in stone unless its good
Gage, My name is Edgar Sarmiento President of The Drift Group. We run multiple drift events in the Midwest and now Southeast region of the USA. We will be in Orlando in May. Would love to have you and your family come out and get you in some cars for some rides around Orlando Speed World. Please don't hesitate to get in contact with me direct. Stay Strong my friend! Edgar
Gage, I know you don't know me, but I know your dad and step mom and have followed your story. I'm sitting here mad at myself for getting so upset over my son's issues, but they are no where near your struggles. I'm praying for you. I am so amazed at how strong you are being. Thank you for wanting to live life to the fullest. My little donation won't do much, but know there are people out here that you've never met who are proud of you and are cheering for you. God bless you!
Gage, you are in my prayers!! Please look into the Gerson therapy! It has cured terminal cancer patients! It is based in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S will not endorse it, because they would loose billions of dollars. Chemo is America's cashcow. Please look into the Gerson institute. H5Af1H8QnA62kWgeEwM9iWhoCDQHw_wcB
dude that sucks ass, im terrible sorry to hear this, but im going to be the guy to say it. use CBD and Cannabis. or B17. all cancer killers, why else did the govt ban these? because it would stop peoplr from paying crap loads for treatment. i dont like to see people die, specially the young or innocent. good luck with your battle.
Hey man, I don't have any money for a donation, but I did share your story with one of the biggest car pages in the northeast, from my understanding they're going to put together a car meet / fundraiser to donate to your build! Best of luck my friend in your fight ✊
Hi Gage. I am an oncology nurse in Chicago. I know you don't know me, but I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Keep living your life to the fullest and stay strong!
Gage, I'd love to talk with you about adding to your adventure. Feel free to contact me anytime. Ryan