I was diagnosed in the fall of 2017 with stage three kidney cancer. The impacted kidney and my gall bladder were removed at the Mayo Clinic. The surgery was successful and the doctor was confident that he removed all the cancer, but warned me that cancer returns in about 1 of 4 patients with the type of cancer I had. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2018, some spots showed up on a routine CT scan of my lungs. A couple days later a needle biopsy confirmed that the cancer had spread to my lungs and my diagnosis became stage four metastatic kidney cancer. I learned that only 8% of the people with stage four kidney cancer are alive 5 years after diagnosis.
My wife and I met with my oncologist, a doctor we refer to as Doctor P. Doctor P told me we would be treating my cancer as a chronic condition and shared a list of drugs that would be used to fight my cancer. He explained that each drug will work for a period of time and will eventually become ineffective at which time we would switch to the next drug. The list was a finite list of drugs and when the last drug stops working, cancer wins the battle. The hope is to keep me alive with a reasonable quality of life until a cure for my cancer is developed.
The American Cancer Society is the leading private funder of cancer research, second only to the US government. Each year the ACS invests over $100M in early stage research. The ACS has been involved in the development of most of the breakthrough drugs that are being used to fight cancer today. Unfortunately, COVID has caused a significant decline in revenue, which will lead to decreased investment in ACS funded research, ultimately slowing the lifesaving progress that has been made developing new cancer fighting drugs. We can’t allow this to happen.
Please join me in an effort to generate $25,000 for Cancer Research. Our collective $25,000 donation brings the possibility of adding one more drug treatment to my finite list in my battle against cancer.
We need to win the battle for a world without cancer. That goal is in reach and I hope I will be alive to celebrate winning the fight.
Thank you for your support,