Dear friends and family,
On January 9th of 2017, I was scheduled for a routine urological operation. During the procedure the surgeon discovered a tumor on one of my testicles and removed it. The tumor was found to be cancerous and has been identified as a teratoma with malignant transformation which is a rare and aggressive form of cancer. I'm being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, which is one of the top facilities of its kind in the world. I will be having a very involved surgery on February 15th to remove lymph nodes from throughout the abdomen and pelvis. This will require 7-10 days of recovery in the hospital and up to 3 months at home. Pending further testing of the lymph nodes that are removed, I might receive chemotherapy.
I'm fortunate to still be on my parents' insurance for two years (#thanksobama), but all of this is going to still be expensive in the end. I'm hoping to be back to work and auditions in New York in two months. I'll be going to Denver to be with friends and family until I feel strong enough to come back to NYC. Hopefully that won't be more than a month. I understand that I will need to do whatever is best for my physical, mental, and emotional health, but my goal is to stay in New York. I love acting more than almost anything and I have the best opportunities to pursue that dream out here.
I'm asking for money to help pay deductibles, co pays, travel, rent, utilities, and ordinary costs of living for the time I'm unable to work. It's hard for me to ask for money, but to do so is an interesting call to humility. I need help and would appreciate anything you could give to financially support me in this crazy time. Please also pray for me and come hang out with me if you're in Colorado or New York. I need as much accompaniment as I can get.
I would be lying if I said that I'm not anxious or scared about everything, but this whole situation has been a beautiful gift as well. I'm grateful for every second I have left on this earth and I have only grown in my conviction that reality is never against me.