Mount Cancer Cure Campaign Fundraiser
Most of you know that my younger brother, and only sibling is battling stage III esophageal adenocarcinoma, and on Monday, December 2nd, he had an esophagectomy. Please scroll my timeline if you are not aware of his surgery and recovery since then.
On 01Aug2019, my younger brother had an EGD. The physician placed a scope down his esophagus to determine why he was having trouble swallowing. As someone who has worked in the field of gastroenterology in a previous life, I was not too concerned. The scope results were unimaginable. A mass 8cm in length was growing in the bottom portion of my brother’s esophagus, where it meets his stomach. The pathology returned with Esophageal Adenocarcinoma. My world stopped and time stood still. I became paralyzed by fear.
In the days that followed, he had scans for staging and was referred to oncology. I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me.... I cannot even imagine the fear and disbelief he was facing. Life as our family knew it, changed forever. Even after poring over his medical records myself, the fact that my brother had cancer in his esophagus was too much for me to comprehend. I suddenly found myself immersed in his medical records, latest research, and reading “survival” statistics.
Words such as chemotherapy, radiation, and overall survival should not be a part of my brother’s vocabulary at the age of 39. I realized that the only way to deal with my shock and grief was through a ton of action. It was at that time that I decided to embark on a journey that is taking me way out of my comfort zone.
I have named this journey of action Mount Cancer Cure Campaign. Starting today and through June of 2020, I am fundraising for my brother’s diagnosis of esophageal carcinoma. All fundraising contributions will go towards the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association. This non-profit organization is dedicated to helping patients, caregivers, survivors, family members, and anyone at-risk for the disease. A link for this organization can be found on my website and is www.ecaa.org. It is out of my character to show vulnerability or put myself “out there” in social media, but if my brother can embrace this diagnosis with such a brave perspective, the least I can do is do everything I can to help him fight.
The best place to start for this fundraiser is to visit www.mountcancercurecampaign.com and learn how I will complete this fundraiser, as well as find other links that will help you find information for my efforts leading up to June. Please be patient with me, as I have just started the separate IG, FB and blog pages. This is a work in progress and starts today. Check back frequently for updates! Through social media, I am hoping to inform my friends and family of what they may not know about this diagnosis that is considered a “rare disease,” and how to take action for prevention and fundraising.
I will continue to post on my personal FB page about my brother’s recovery, but the Mount Cancer Cure Campaign social media pages are designed to spread my mission - to raise awareness, research funding, offer hope, and ease suffering for patients with esophageal cancer and their caregivers.
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