I am reaching out to you to share a critical piece of news. The picture below is of my 38 year-old first-born son, Drew Shiley and his wife Jessica. Drew was recently diagnosed with a tumor wrapped around his brain stem. For those of you who do not know what the brain stem does, in layman’s terms, it controls basic body functions like breathing, swallowing, heart rate, blood pressure, consciousness and whether one is awake or asleep. The brain stem also controls the flow of messages between the brain the rest of the body. In Drew’s case, the tumor has already affected his speech and caused severe headaches, epileptic seizures and moments of confusion. Thank God, the tumor is benign, but it is fast-growing and in a location where surgery is an absolute last resort. The hope is to shrink and then radiate the tumor to a point where Drew can live an active life again for as long as possible. The doctors are optimistic. As you can imagine, his medical costs are insurmountable for his mother and me. Drew has an insurance plan, but we have purchased over 20 medications in the last two months …. some have worked and some have not. The co-pays alone are in the thousands. Drew is not able to work full-time because of his symptoms and the side-effects of the medications. Not only does this affect his ability to support himself and his wife, but he is also responsible for supporting his three children. So, as a desperate parent, I am appealing to my friends and family for donations. No amount is too small. I just cannot allow money to be a reason to stop Drew’s treatment. You are probably wondering why this is the first you are hearing of this. As you can imagine, both his mother and I are in shock and disbelief. Honestly, I hate to ask for help at any time, but when your child’s life is in danger, pride disappears. Finally, PLEASE if you are not able to donate, send a prayer, as a prayer is priceless.