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Help with John C's Cancer Costs

Organized by: Natalia Casella

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THE STORY:

My younger brother Johnny has always been there for me and now it is my turn. He is 36 and a single dad who was just diagnosed with acute bone marrow failure. For the past year, Johnny was short of breath after working or even after surfing with my niece. In February ,he went to the ER when he felt his pulse racing higher and higher. Once admitted he needed an emergency blood transfusion and a bone marrow biopsy. Within a few weeks, he found out that he has Myeloma and his bone marrow is not producing blood. His spleen is enlarged and there are masses on his chest. The advised treatment is a bone marrow/stem cell transplant or chemo and radiation which could actually make things worse. Johnny has already survived Hodgkin's Lymphoma even though he had weakness due to the radiation. He needs to see oncologists who are familiar with multiple myeloma and multiple hematomas because his body is not producing enough white or red blood cells. 

His car is over 17 years old and will need some repairs to be safe for long trips and he is renting a room 80 miles from the best cancer treatment in his area and he has so many financial needs associated with cancer that I as a single mom cannot help him with. It is hard for his daughter to see her dad be so stressed about finances because he cannot work at a labor job and has to scrimp by on SSI.  He is becoming weaker and he needs to find a reputable oncologist that will take Medicaid ( which is not easy) as soon as possible without worrying if his car will break down on the way to an appointment. No oncologists in Brevard take Medicaid which is so scary. The ER bill was 30,000 for a few days! 

I am relying on the kindness of the people in the world and my networks to help him have a safe car and secure housing. There is no help for adults who are in poverty and have a cancer diagnosis which is why I am praying that crowdfunding will help my little brother. 

Thank you for reading!

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