JOIN THE BATTLE TO BEAT CANCER-PUMP IT UP
As many of you who know me are aware, my life changed dramatically in August 2016 when my wife Marsha was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. She had surgery to remove her primary tumor, followed by 12 rounds of chemotherapy. In April 2017, it was discovered that Marsha’s cancer had metastasized to her liver and her lungs. She went from being a Stage 3 cancer patient, to Stage 4, the most advanced stage. We made the choice to switch Marsha's care to Dr. Nancy Kemeny at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). This decision was not easy, but one of the factors was that Marsha had become friendly with another mother at our daughter’s school who had also had Stage 4 Colon Cancer that had spread to her liver. This friend, who is a patient of Dr. Kemeny, had been NED (No Evidence of Disease) for over 8 years at the time, thanks to Dr. Kemeny’s care. Dr. Kemeny has achieved the highest documented survival rate for Stage 4 Colon Cancer that has spread to the liver by using a technique called HAI pump therapy.
In May 2017, Marsha had a liver resection and insertion of an HAI pump at MSKCC by one of the top liver surgeons in the country, Dr. Michael D’Angelica, followed by another 16 rounds of chemotherapy under the care of Dr. Kemeny. Subsequently, Marsha needed a lung ablation and 11 more rounds of chemotherapy. We now live scan to scan, but Marsha has been NED for the past 19 months thanks to the HAI pump and the care of Dr. Kemeny and her team at MSKCC. We are both eternally grateful to them.
On February 8, 2020, I will be riding in the Cycle for Survival with the friend who lead us to our amazing doctors at MSKCC, as well as my brother, Matthew, my niece Alexa Prague and other close friends. The money we raise from this ride will go directly to Dr. Kemeny’s HAI pump research fund.
Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. There will be over 140,000 new colon cancer diagnoses in 2019 in the U.S. alone. One in 20 people will be diagnosed with this deadly disease. Some are lucky to catch this disease early from a simple colonoscopy. In fact, the American Cancer Society recently changed the recommended starting age for colonoscopies from 50 to 45. Unfortunately, there will always be people like Marsha and Stacy who are diagnosed before the age of 45. These are all reasons why the research and resources are so desperately needed.
Please join me in raising money and awareness in the fight against this widespread and deadly disease. The link below is where you can donate with me. Thank you so much for your support.
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