Update (July 31, 2019)
It is with great sadness and immense grief that we have to announce that our dear friend, Ronnie Boy De Castro, lost his battle with cancer yesterday, July 30, 2019.
Interment will be on Saturday, August 3, at Manila Memorial Park, Dasmarinas, Cavite.
You may send your donations to his wife's BDO account.
Funds that have been raised or will be raised in the future will be used for funeral expenses.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers, love and support.
Our very good friend, Ronnie Boy De Castro, or Ron / Boy as we fondly call him, was diagnosed with esophageal gastric cancer at the young age of 36.
His battle with cancer began during the second half of 2018. For two months, he was experiencing malaise, weight loss, shortness of breath, and difficulty swallowing with reflux symptoms. He decided to consult a doctor in August 2018 and what they found was a large polypoid lesion with esophageal ulcer. A biopsy was taken on that day, and Ron was advised to undergo further surgical evaluation.
What he initially thought was a simple feeling of weakness was, in fact, one of the symptoms of a dreadful disease. He and his whole family were taken aback and devastated when the doctor revealed the news that he has gastric carcinoma (or gastric cancer).
He later had to undergo partial gastrectomy and distal esophagectomy. Part of his stomach and the tube between his mouth and stomach were removed.
In December 2018, his chest and upper abdomen were scanned. Results showed that there was no improvement at all. Cancer was progressing, as evidenced by an interval increase in size and number of nodules in his lungs and liver. The number of non-calcified nodules in both of his lungs increased, and the previously noted largest lesion seen in the right middle lobe doubled in size. From 0.3 cm, it increased to 0.6cm. His doctor said it was likely metastatic, meaning, his cancer was spreading in other parts of his body.
His medical certificate in March 2019 clearly stated that he has "Esophageal gastric carcinoma, stage IV with lung and liver metastases." His doctor recommended eight cycles of chemotherapy. He has already undergone six cycles of chemo and was supposed to undergo another cycle last June 28, 2019, but was unable to do so due to low platelet count, low blood pressure, hyponatremia (or low sodium concentration in the blood), and adrenal insufficiency. He was just very weak and couldn't take another round of chemo at that time.
Ron worked on a cruise ship for two years, but the disease itself and the side-effects of chemotherapy and other treatments have made it impossible for him to work again. His loving wife, who is also our dear friend, works as a nurse, but even that is not enough to shoulder the cost of treatments.
Medical bills (i.e., chemotherapy, doctor's fees, lab tests, CT scans, prescription drugs) are piling up quickly in addition to their monthly bills and their 7-year-old & 20-year-old sons' school fees. Ron and his family have depleted their resources and can no longer afford two more chemotherapy cycles.
His wife is currently exploring the possibility of him undergoing a stem cell transplant, but the cost of the procedure is too much to bear.
We humbly ask for any amount of financial assistance to support Ron's medical needs. Also, please help us spread the word by sharing this with your family and friends.
Ron may be a stranger to many of you, but for others, he is a good friend, a loving husband, and a doting and responsible father. Any gesture of support that you give will go directly to this amazing person.
We've known Ronnie Boy as a very strong and positive person. He is a fighter, and he intends to fight this aggressive cancer 'til the very end. Let us all help him beat cancer.
Thank you, and may God bless you.
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