Charlie's Cancer Campaign
He has been blessed with one son, Liam Stuart, and he is a shining light in Charlie and Marianne's life. Liam turned two this October, and unfortunately at the same time my brother found out that cancerous melanoma had returned. The melanoma was sugically removed, but a scan revealed the possibility that the cancer had metastisized to the lymph nodes, He underwent surgery on Wednesday January 6th and the lymph node was found as cancerous. The surgeon removed it as well as 4 other surrounding lymph nodes. He will be undergoing treatment at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with Dabrafenib as a B-raf gene inhibitor; and although we know little of the specific course or length of the treatment it looks as though the side effects are very similar to chemotherapy. We are ... "preparing for the worst and hoping for the best." Please help us alleviate some of the financial burden and stress for this kind-hearted, funny, and loving father, husband, son, and brother. I would be forever grateful to be able to surprise them with this outpouring of support!
Through the years, he has had moments of success with treatments. Success is an amazingly powerful motivator. It gives hope, and hope brings healing. But, he has also had so many setbacks. Scans that just didn’t bring the results that he had hoped for, news that once he had healed from the last surgery he would be right back in, news that the treatments available are not endless; these setbacks have taken a spiritual, mental, physical and financial toll on my brother.
There is no way for a person, to mentally, physically or financially prepare for the roller coaster of successes and failures that come with this relentless disease. Hopes that he will be back to a normal life, that he will be cancer free, that he will be able to return to work always seem to be just out of his grasp.
Recently, Charlie had a scan that revealed that tumors in his lymph nodes, lungs and adrenals had increased both in size and in quantity. His doctor and team at Dana Farber are determined to throw everything at their disposal to stunt this growth. He will have to continue his weekly treatments at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for an undetermined length of time. The travel time and expenses are a constant burden for my brother. His wife, Marianne needs to continue working to keep their home intact, and his son, Liam is in a wonderful Kindergarten in Saratoga, NY.
If ever there was a time that Charlie needed the help of friends and family it is now. His wonderful boss, Sully, at Longfellow’s in Saratoga is currently planning a fundraiser for the end of February of this year. His boss and friends at Longfellow’s have been a constant source of support for Charlie. I think this fundraiser will be an incredible time to spend time together, help each other and celebrate Charlie. But I also ask you to please join me in alleviating some of the immediate financial need that Charlie is facing. Please continue to send him messages on social media, email or through a letter. The messages he receives, no matter how simple, bring him such joy and revive him spiritually and mentally.
I'm overwhelmed by this outpouring of support! Besides the money and the amount of stress you all have lifted off of my family's shoulders, I am amazed at all the friends who have come out of the woodwork to support me in this fight. I don't think I'll ever be able to express the gratitude that I feel. Thanks to all, and we love you very much.