Ali and Tahera left for Dhaka on Saturday, April 5. After many attempts to find treatment for his cancer here and abroad, Ali has settled on the Hemato-Oncology Clinic in Ahmedabad (http://www.hematooncologyclinic.com/). As many of you know, this was a very difficult decision made in light of the denial of care from ASPE, the health insurance company that provides coverage for TEA participants. Ali's Rock Hill oncologist, Dr. Kashyap Patel, has appealed ASPE's decision, but it is unclear how long it will take for them to review this matter. What is clear is that Ali and Tahera ran out of time and could not wait any longer to return home.
These two amazing individuals have a long and difficult road ahead of them. The financial challenges they face, with or without insurance, will be tremendous. The Rock Hill, TEA, IREX, and State Department contributions to this cause have given them much hope, but they are a long way off from certainty on how to fund the complete treatment he needs. Please encourage all those who might be interested in helping Ali. He will need all the support he can get to make it through to the finish line.
I want to thank all of you for being there for Ali--whether directly or behind the scenes. He and Tahera know how much has been done on his behalf and they have been grateful through the entire process, even when receiving some of the most difficult medical results and decisions anyone can receive.
If you missed the interviews with the local media, please see them here:
For those who would like to send Ali and his family a message, please use the contact options provided by this website. I will continue to provide updates as I hear more about Ali's progress.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Your generous donations have made it possible to bring Mohammad Ali's wife, Saida Tahera, to the United States!
Tahera will arrive in Charlotte at 7:30 PM on Saturday, March 22. It is impossible for me to convey how much this means to both of them. They are filled with anticipation to see each other again and affection toward our community for having responded so quickly and enthusiastically to their cause.
But there is a long road ahead. Ali will begin a three week treatment here and return home at the end of this initial dose of chemotherapy. Dr. Kashyap Patel, Ali's oncologist, has generously agreed to cut costs in every way possible, as has his surgeon, Dr. Gregory Parsons. Despite these cost saving measures, Ali's medical insurance expires after one year and his treatment plan extends beyond this period. The original goal amount set by this fundraiser will go a long way toward allowing Ali to finish the treatment prescribed by his physicians. We can make this happen and complete the care Ali needs because of the carefully estimated reduced costs expected when he returns home.
Thank you for joining me in helping Mohammad Ali beat this cancer. Let's make sure we knock it out for good!