On May 2nd Frank’s wife, Vicki was diagnosed with Renal Clear Cell Carcinoma. This cancer accounts for only 2% of all cancer patients. It attacks the kidneys, joints, lungs and brain very aggressively. Vicki has undergone surgeries wherein they removed the left kidney and then repairing a lesion the cancer had created in her right knee by scraping the joint and repairing it with a bone graph to replace the lost bone.
The doctors were unable to remove all the cancer from the knee and femur area and it is currently showing signs of breaking down again. The cancer has also metastasized to her left pelvis area, her lungs and now her brain. She has undergone radiation and is currently being treated with chemotherapy. She has not been responding well to this either. The out of pocket cost for the chemo treatment alone is about $2,700.00 per month. She will likely need additional surgery, radiation and forms of treatment such as immune therapy.
Frank and Vicki recently sought help at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. They offer advanced treatment and greater hope but the additional costs associated with this is huge. That is why we reach out to you. They need our help to alleviate some of this financial burden.
To all of us who know Frank and Vicki, you know that they have spent their lives giving selflessly. Vicki truly has a servant’s heart and has blessed many of us with her generous acts of kindness. Frank has done more benefits and fund-raising efforts for others than most of have ever been asked to take part in. They are godly people with great faith in the Lord, but God instructs us to go to our brothers and sisters in Christ when we find ourselves in need. He has placed great physicians in our midst that we are to utilize for our own wellbeing. We are asking you to join with us in prayer first and if God might lay anything on your heart to assist them financially, it would be greatly appreciated and truly a blessing. Thank you so much for your consideration - Cedar Hill - Patti LaFleur, Jim Bunch, Dan Stokely and Pete Brown.
Update on Vicki:
I pray all is well for our friends and family. Thank you for the prayerful and monetary support that you have offered on Vicki's behalf. There are no words that can fully express how it touches our hearts. The financial assistance is truly a blessing as the need is great. And there is nothing that can bring a more perfect result than believers standing together in agreement and seeking God on her behalf.
Although I'm not exceptionally excited to share how her treatment has been going, I wanted to give you all an update. You deserve that.
As you are aware, Vicki's cancer is throughout her body. Mid October, they treated her brain with a procedure called "Gamma Knife" its a focused radiation wherein they attempt to destroy tumors in her brain. They treated ten tumors. Following the treatment, she fell very ill and ended up in the hospital here in the St. Louis area. It was a battle that lasted about a month. This past week, she returned to Houston for a follow up. They did a regiment of scans and tests. In doing so, they found an improvement in the 10 tumors that had been treated. Also, the areas in her femur and pelvis that had previously been treated with radiation showed no progession. However, there are now at least 3 new tumors in her brain. They are as big as or bigger than those that were treated 6 weeks ago. Also, the lesions in her lungs have either maintained their size or grown and there are new lesions in the lymph nodes outside of the lungs, in the chest cavity.
Not only was the cancer not responding well to the form of chemotherapy that Vicki was perscribed, but she was not tolerating it well. She was very sick while on Votrient. The doctors have decided to use a new chemotherapy medication. As with the last chemo therapy med, the extreme cost ($16,500.00 per month supply)of this relatively new medication is only partially covered by any insurance benefits.
Her team of 9 specialist Doctors have a round table conference scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1, to determine the best path forward.
They will also be repeating the Gamma Kinfe treatment, that will probably be within the next two weeks. This means another trip to Houston. Please continue to remember Vicki in prayer. The last Gamma Knife treatment was extremely difficult on her (and believe me, shes a tough girl). All monetary assistance that has been or will be received is so appreciated. We know that God placed specific friends and family in our lives to share good times and bad. In this month of Thanksgiving, I have to tell you how thankful the Ray's are for you. May God bless and keep you always.