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I will get right to the point; my friend Brandon needs our help. In January of this year, he had a procedure in Elliot Lake to remove a mixed germ tumour in his testicle. After the surgery, things looked good and his blood tests and scans were clear for six months. At the time, he had a 9% chance of a relapse of his initial cancer. Unfortunately this summer, his scans revealed that cancer markers in his blood were increasing quickly and dangerously. A couple of weeks ago, a large tumour was revealed on his sternum, confirming that Brandon was on the wrong side of 9%.

This realization resulted in Brandon quickly entering an aggressive three-month chemotherapy treatment, which he began two weeks ago. To make matters even more complicated, Brandon has a number of pre-existing conditions like Crohn's disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Uveitis. These conditions make the effects of chemotherapy highly unpredictable for Brandon’s overall health and must be closely monitored as he battles back to health. It is for this reason that Brandon must undergo his treatment in Toronto, surrounded by medical specialists but away from his friends and family.

Despite Brandon’s current situation, he does not feel sorry for himself or complain. The reality of Brandon’s attitude is quite the contrary. He allowed me to write this article quite begrudgingly and truthfully only agreed if I emphasized how grateful he is to everyone who has supported him to this point. Moreover, despite the craziness of his personal situation, he says he still spends most of his time thinking about his lifelong friend Branson Brown who passed away recently.

It is for all these reasons that I am begging you to help. As any of you that have been around anyone battling cancer know, a strong support system is extremely important in recovery. This is an added challenge for Brandon as he is in Toronto, out of the hospital and having to travel to and from his treatment facility on an almost daily basis. In addition, Crohn’s disease requires Brandon to eat specific foods to feel strong enough to give cancer his best fight. These things like lodging, transportation and food all cost money anywhere but exponentially more in a city like Toronto. Not only that but it costs money for his family to relocate to Toronto to be with him in this time where he needs them the most. This is where we can be an enormous help. To us, it is just money but to someone in Brandon’s situation it means so, so, so much more. Attached to this article is a link that gives you opportunity for you to donate money that will help Brandon in so many different ways. Please donate whatever you can, as often as you can. We are two weeks into a three-month treatment. Please keep Brandon in your thoughts and lets all do what we can to bring my friend and a great man, back to Elliot Lake, healthy and happy.

 

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