3.24.2010

Hello Blog Friends,

Just a quick note to ask a really big favor of you. For all of you facebook folks out there, here's what I'm asking...

We have a dear friend who has been fighting squamous cell carcinoma (cancer on his tongue, which has spread to his lymph nodes, neck, jaw, and now his lung) for the last year and a half or so. He has maxed out on all the chemo and radiation treatments he can receive, and he is attempting to get into a clinical trial of an experimental treatment they're doing in San Antonio, TX. This treatment has shown a lot of promise for patients with similar cancers, so of course, we'd love for him to be able to participate in the study (as this may be his last shot - barring a miracle, since the cancer continues to spread). He is a young, godly Christian man with a lovely wife and two very young children, and - needless to say- we'd all love to have him around for a long, long time...

The research center denied his application today for admittance into the trial study, due to a small difference of size in his tumor compared to their criteria. I'm sure in the multi-million or billion dollar drug industry, that makes sense, but when it's your friend, husband, father, or son, it's pretty hard to accept that you don't meet the "criteria" for something that could very well save your life... So, we, his friends, have gotten together a little facebook fan page/petition, which we are submitting to the research center - hopefully tomorrow. It's grown to over 300 people within a few hours, but we'd love to have many, many more people asking to allow Todd into the study. All you have to do is become a "fan" on the page, then write on the wall, adding your request that he be allowed into the study. Then, if you would invite all of your friends to do the same, that would be great.... the more, the better. Click HERE to join and sign the petition...

I doubt any one of you has not been affected by cancer in one way or another, so I know you can relate at least somewhat to this situation. Please help us help Todd get the treatment he needs, and please remember him and his family in your prayers. Thank you so much....

Here's Todd with his two children...


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2 comments:

  1. Oh...I wish I didn't miss this. My brother died from melanoma cancer in 2005. I still miss him dearly...he was so young :(

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  2. You can still pray and send notes of encouragement to him as he goes through the treatments... I know that he appreciates everyone on the site.... I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Cancer is a brutal thing...

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