Tony's Brain Cancer

$11,875 of $13.5k goal

Raised by 119 people in 18 months
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Anthony Baldwin   NEW HAVEN, CT
I am a single parent, and I work freelance/self-employed. I've missed considerable time working already, and will miss significantly more time, yet, because I've just had brain surgery. Getting back to work now has been proving difficult so far, just since the biopsy (anti-seizure meds make me tired and make it hard for me to focus), and I'm going to be doing radiation therapy 5 days/week for the next 6 to 8 weeks, starting 20 February, which is only going to make it more difficult.
On 28 January, I had a seizure, and went to the ER at St. Raphael's, where a CT scan and an MRI revealed a brain tumor. I've had a biopsy surgery, which eventually revealed a malignant (cancerous) glioma about the size of a golf ball.
Because I've in otherwise been in excellent shape for an old (46yrs) man with diabetes (I was running c. 40 miles/week before this happened, controlling my diabetes with diet+exercise only), the docs believe we can beat this thing, and possibly see no further complications for 3 to 10 years after radiation.
They're not allowing me to run right now, unless it's indoors on a treadmill (I'm walking a lot, and with your help, have ordered a cheap eliptical trainer to workout in the house). They don't want me to have a seizure miles from the house, alone.
I work primarily as a freelance translator, and they say the radiation could affect the linguistic parts of my brain, which could be bad for work. I also do web development on the side.
They say I'm going to be very tired. I'm going to lose hair, but I'm not too broken up over that...it just means I won't have to run the clippers around my head as often...
I have bills to pay, and a child to feed, and I appreciate all of your help. We have electric heat and owe the electric company $900. I DO have medical insurance, so do not require assistance with medical expenses at this time, just help to pay the utilities and rent, keep food on the table.
Thanks.
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Update 31
14 days ago
I've been in the Emergency room again a couple of times in the past week, and visited my primary care physician, who is ordering various tests and images, due to unexplained back pain (apparently NOT caused by the kidney stones after all), and other unexplained pains and complications.
Comcast, United Illuminating (electric co.) and Verizon all breathing down my neck.
Good news is that July was a great month for my work and revenue, but I won' t get paid until September 12 ).
drinking lotso water, trying to survive this nasty heat wave (2nd one this summer where we've had 95+° heat for 3 or more days), but have melted down to only 118 lbs (5'7"). feeling pretty fragile, and exhausted.

Can't wait for
a) Autumn and reasonable weather, and
b) an end to this cancer nightmare... to be cancer free (hopefully soon, but not holding my breath)
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Update 30
1 month ago
I'm in trouble again!
I sent the landlord a rent check for August already, then paid some other bills, which apparently didn't clear immediately, then, because those bills hadn't yet gone through, thought I still had sufficient funds to cover that check, but apparently did not, and now, there is only $662 in my account, and the rent check ($795) has not been deposited, so if it goes in now, it's going to bounce, then I'm going to be in BIG TROUBLE with the landlord! I don't know what to do!
Part of the problem is that I had to buy my daughter a phone again! (She's lost or broken 4 iPhones in the past 2 years! I didn't have the insurance on this last one, because after replacing two, they wouldn't cover another, so I had to pay cash $325 for a used one).
I think next month, finally, I should be out of the woods and able to pay the rent, myself, due to some translation work that came through (Finally!)
But for August, I'm definitely "behind the 8-ball" as they say. I have until the 10th to pay it, though. At the same time, I'm a little worried about them depositing a rubber check, then losing fees for that, both at the bank, and with the landlord, etc.
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Update 29
1 month ago
Thank you all, SO MUCH!
It looks like, again, due to your generosity, I will get the rent and the electric paid, however, I still have Verizon and Comcast to pay, and we need dog food, hair conditioner for the kid, trash bags and a few other minor items that our $24/month in food stamps won't buy, if someone could help out with a few more dollars for these items, it would be deeply appreciated.
And thanks again to all of you who have repeatedly assisted us over this rather difficult past year and half. We'd be lost without you. Hopefully this whole nightmare will be over soon. and things will return to normal.
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Update 28
1 month ago
The kidney stone surgery went ok.
Essentially, the doctor threaded some kind of probe up my urethra so he could play a game of asteroids with a laser and the stones in my kidneys.
I'm down to only 120 lbs, though.
Feeling very frail and weak.
Trying to work, all the same.
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John Tobey
6 months ago
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Hello. Please help. I never ask for donations online. But this is an emergency. My good friend Steve Baldwin has a brother Tony. Tony just had his second brain surgery to remove a tumor. They were able to remove 97 percent of the tumor. Tony is recovering but cannot work yet. The immediate problem: rent. Tony owes $3000 in back rent. His landlord is threatening to evict him if he doesn't pay $3000 in rent by March 10. I have 300 friends on Facebook. If you click on the attached go fund me for Tony and you each donate $10 the problem will be solved. I contributed my part. Can you please donate and help this man from being evicted? Can you please pray for him? Thanks, friends!

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$11,875 of $13.5k goal

Raised by 119 people in 18 months
Created February 4, 2015
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Anthony Baldwin     NEW HAVEN, CT
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$100
Leigh Deacon
7 days ago
$100
Anonymous
9 days ago
CP
$20
Chris Petkovich
11 days ago
JT
$100
John Tobey
12 days ago

Your friends are here to encourage you and to pray for you Tony. Things will get better.

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PR
$50
Phil Robarts
13 days ago
$100
Anonymous
24 days ago
$200
Leigh Deacon
1 month ago
PR
$50
Phil Robarts
1 month ago
$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
BK
$100
Brad Kelly
1 month ago
John Tobey
6 months ago
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1

Hello. Please help. I never ask for donations online. But this is an emergency. My good friend Steve Baldwin has a brother Tony. Tony just had his second brain surgery to remove a tumor. They were able to remove 97 percent of the tumor. Tony is recovering but cannot work yet. The immediate problem: rent. Tony owes $3000 in back rent. His landlord is threatening to evict him if he doesn't pay $3000 in rent by March 10. I have 300 friends on Facebook. If you click on the attached go fund me for Tony and you each donate $10 the problem will be solved. I contributed my part. Can you please donate and help this man from being evicted? Can you please pray for him? Thanks, friends!

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