UPDATE: August 6th, 2017
All we can say is THANK YOU. In less than a week we have managed to reach our goal and you have given us a chance to #SaveDave.
The YouCaring page will remain active and all additional donations will continue to go towards Dave's treatment plan.
We will be posting updates regularly. We hope you will continue to follow our story.
Hi - We are the Kay Family.
In June 2016, Dave was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma (NSCLC) EGFR+ with multiple Brain, Liver, and Bones Metastasis.
Dave is 32 years old, never smoked, and has always lived a healthy lifestyle.
This news was and continues to be devastating for us and our young family, including our 2-year-old daughter, Noa.
As Dave’s treatment progresses, we are realizing how much we need extra support. We are surrounded by loving friends in our home in Israel, but our families are located in different countries and the intense medical treatment that Dave requires is taking its toll not only emotionally but financially. Dave has only been able to work occasionally since his diagnosis.
Often times, due to chemotherapy, radiation, and a variety of pills that make up Dave’s treatment, we find ourselves not only with one household income but the responsibilities of taking care of Dave, our daughter, and daily tasks. Although we have immense support from our friends, we often find ourselves alone on this crazy journey.
This is why we have decided to create a fundraising page: to help ease the financial burden that Dave’s medical situation has put on our family.
Thank you for reading so far. We will go into more details below, as we know that many of you are interested in hearing Dave’s current diagnosis and treatment updates. In the meantime, thank you for your financial contribution and for keeping Dave in your hearts during this difficult time.
When Dave was diagnosed last summer, his oncologist (who we love) put him on a trial biological breakthrough pill called Tagrisso. Thankfully the treatment had few side effects and it slowly took some of the cancer out of his body. However, 7 months later, the treatment stopped working and Dave changed pills to a less advanced biological treatment (called Afatanib). After 2 months of continuous progression, his oncologist decided that Dave needed chemotherapy. At the moment Dave is in the middle of whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) and chemotherapy in order to control the rapid spread of tumors that continue to multiply.
Since beginning chemotherapy and radiation, Dave is constantly fatigued and weak. Our day to-day life is focused around Dave’s current treatment plan. Dave can’t go back to being a tour guide, the career he was once devoted to, and he is often frustrated at his inability to contribute financially to our family.
We want Dave to have the best treatment possible. There is currently no cure for this type of cancer but with careful monitoring and effective treatment, we hope to manage the disease as a chronic illness so Dave can go back living his life.
We are calling on the generosity of friends, family, neighbors, and strangers to help us #SaveDave. Your financial support will allow us to pursue the most advanced treatments possible as well as help us with constant expenses we incur surrounding Dave's treatment plan.
WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING
All donations are tax deductible and go towards the following expenses:
• Consultations with leading lung cancer specialists around the world - Ranging from $300 to $1,000 per consultation
• Housing near the hospital during daily treatment - NIS 500 per night
• Transportation to & from treatment from our home in Northern Israel - NIS 150
• Childcare for Noa during treatment - NIS 400 per day
• Translating medical documents from Hebrew to English - NIS 150 per page
• Attending lung cancer medical conferences abroad - $3,000
(There have been medical conferences in the past that could have been extremely beneficial to attend but due to financial constraints, we have not been able to participate in any. Attending conferences is essential for Dave’s treatment plan because as our knowledge broadens, we can learn more about his specific mutations and the treatments available to him.)
• Champions Oncology Treatment - $10,000
(We were recently given the incredible opportunity to be part of a service that helps determine which cancer treatment could effectively shrink Dave’s tumors and save his life. By using Champions Oncology, Dave’s living tumor was removed during a biopsy and was implanted into mice. If these mice survive they will allow doctors to test multiple drug combinations and find the most effective treatment for his specific cancer.
With your help, we can use the funds to test Dave’s tumor in several more mice, giving him a better chance to find which treatment is right for his cancer. This alone can save Dave’s life. To learn more about Champions Oncology, you can click here: http://championsoncology.com/personalized-oncology-solutions/how-it-works/ )
• Future treatments not covered by Dave’s health insurance - $10,000
(So far, most of Dave’s treatment has been covered by his health insurance. However, in the very near future, we expect to use other treatment options, which are not covered by his insurance and/or is located outside of Israel. The most expensive costs we have already incurred that have not been covered by insurance are laboratory tests, located in the USA. These tests do not exist in Israel and have given us vital information about Dave’s cancer, and how to best treat it.)
Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Around 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older, while less than 2% are younger than 45.
Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women; about 1 out of 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer.
HOW YOU CAN HELP TODAY
1. Donate what you can, no amount is too small and donations are tax deductible
2. Share this campaign with your network and on social media with hashtag #SaveDave
3. Donate to or visit the website, Israel’s Lung Cancer Association (in Hebrew), or your home country’s lung cancer organization.