Help Efrain Cruz Fight Cancer

For: Efrain Cruz
Denver, CO
Organizer: Efrain Cruz
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The Story

After a long illness complicated by multiple heart and lung surgeries and numerous blood transfusions, Efrain was diagnosed with cancer this May.

Specifically, it’s called Angiosarcoma, it’s an aggressive, evasive cancer which spreads quickly and is difficult to find. Because of these character traits, the symptoms he experienced last year, were not diagnosed until recently. When it was discovered, it had already advanced to Stage 4, the worst. Efrain is now undergoing chemotherapy.

His recurrent hospitalizations over the past year have created considerable debt and he is less able to work. We have created this site to offer a location for those friends and sponsors who are able to financially provide support during this time and graciously appreciate your generosity.

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 7, 2015

Posted on October 7, 2015

Hello Friends, 
It's difficult to find words because of my brain trauma. I have three tumors in my brain, all of which have bled but none are actively bleeding anymore. 

I went to the mountains over the weekend to enjoy the fall colors. This caused a change in pressure inside my head which caused bleeding. Due to the nature of my cancer; Angiosarcoma, tumors can be expected to be found anywhere in my body.

The urgency of my surgery has been downgraded because the tumors are no longer bleeding.  

The surgery I have chosen is called LINAC. It's a radiation surgery which uses beams of radiation to kill the tumors. 

The "plan" will take 7-8 days to compile. After which the procedure happen and then the blood can be drained from the brain. 
The old blood will takes days or weeks to be absorbed by my body. The symptoms that I'm experiencing; trouble with word finding, impaired spatial relations, doing thing out of order, and motor fuction issues should mostly resolve with the dissipation of the blood. 

As always, thank you for your support. 
Sincerely,
Efrain

Posted on October 5, 2015

Posted on October 5, 2015

Hi Friends,
I am so grateful to all of you for your support and prayers. 

I apologize for being out of touch for the past few days. I have had a couple of bad chemo days, which have prevented my from responding. 

The big news came this morning. I now have tumors in my brain which need to be emergently removed. There are three tumors, two of which ate superficial and the third of which is deeper. The tumors have bled, which makes surgery unavoidable. 

I apologize for the brevity and abruptness of this update, it's difficult to write because I'm constantly fighting to find the words. 

Sincerely, 
Efrain

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