Help Ben Regain Health and Be Cancer-Free

For: Ben Sayer
Organizer: Carrie Sayer
$26,670
of $42,937 goal.
Raised by 500 donors
62% Complete
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The Story

Dear Friend,

My husband has cancer.

Ben is our life-loving, compassionate, generous, dear husband, father, and son. He means the world to us, and now he needs our help.

On October 1, Ben had urgent surgery to have a tumor removed. It turns out the tumor is malignant.

My beloved Ben has bladder cancer.

We are a family who love to work hard, play hard, create, connect, discover and encourage each other and everyone to follow their dreams. To live out your passions. To express yourselves and have a total blast in the process. We love life and we love sharing that joy with everybody.

Ben has always put family first. He is a self-starting entrepreneur who works from home so our young family can be together as much as possible. I am a self-employed drama coach for high school students. We have a modest income that covers usual expenses. 

But these enormous hospital bills are staggering, and we cannot bear the weight alone.

Our health insurance coverage begins January 1, 2014. Like millions of Americans, we have planned to sign up under the Affordable Care Act for benefits. The marketplace opened October 1, which ironically was the day of Ben’s cancer surgery.

We asked Ben’s doctor if his surgery could be put off until January. “Absolutely not,” was the answer. We went ahead, knowing it could be the difference between life and death.

Now we face cancer treatments and mounting bills not only for the urgent testing and surgery, but for whatever lies ahead that we must do to save Ben’s life.

Please help us if you can. We need you. Please give whatever you can to help us pay for these massive medical bills.

Together we can create a miracle.

Thank you and God bless.

With deep love and gratitude,

Carrie, Ben, Logan and Paige Sayer
7570 2nd Street
Dexter, MI 48130

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 31, 2014

Posted on July 31, 2014

Dear Friends,

Hello! There is good news and bad news.

(Although I try not to make judgments, and sometimes what we label "bad" is actually a hidden gift, with a silver lining....)

Soooo, Ben had his second post-treatment cystoscopy. The result came back: All clear. No evidence of tumors. HURRAY!

Other news: Ben is still bed-bound due to an incredibly painful anal fissure. It's been three months and counting. He's been to the surgeon for a follow-up appointment. They further dialed in application of a medicated ointment meant to allow the tissue to relax and heal. Surgery is a last resort, according to his doctor. Especially since a common side-effect is incontinence. Yeah...not fun.

There is still daily bleeding, and great pain. These are exacerbated when Ben attempts any physical movement.

Okay, here's some silver lining: Ben has continued work on his information products related to genealogy, software, and evidence collection. We expect this to generate income in the near future.

In the meantime, I'm spending a ton of time with Logan and Paige, enjoying outdoor summer activities (we're about to host a small garage sale today:) and giving Ben time to rest and heal.

Please pray, contribute, share, send healing vibes, write reassurances, anything you feel moved to do to help our family through this tough time.

Thank you! with gratitude and love,
Carrie, Ben, Logan and Paige 

Posted on July 5, 2014

Posted on July 5, 2014

Dear Friends, 

Ben has been in bed for two months. His anal fissure is extremely painful. He has remedies to help the tissue relax and heal. It's a long process.

Ben's next post-treatment cystoscopy to test for the presence of cancer is in two weeks.

In the meantime, Ben's contract has ended, and we are currently with limited income.

On the plus side, we are home together a lot. Logan, Paige and I are spending time playing outside and in. My parents have been helping with the lawn and around the house. I've called some friends to babysit so I can clean. It's a trying time, but I work every minute to stay positive and hopeful. 

Thank you for your support, with many blessings and deep gratitude,

love,
Carrie, Ben, Logan and Paige

Posted on June 24, 2014

Posted on June 24, 2014

Dear Friends,

Last week, Ben met with his primary care physician and was referred to a surgeon, due to what was originally thought to be aggravated hemorrhoids. Ben was examined by the surgeon last Friday. While Ben does have hemorrhoids, the terrible pain that has kept him bed-bound for the past six weeks is instead due to an anal fissure.

Ben was given a prescription for medicated ointment that will help the tissue relax and heal. More bedrest is prescribed, but the good news is he does not need surgery, and--forgive the pun--the end is in sight, for the pain to subside.

We are also awaiting the results of a provoked chelation test Ben underwent last week. This will show how well Ben's body rids itself of heavy metals.

This week is Ben's final week of his contract. We are continuing to explore and create other sources of income.

As always, thank you for your continued prayers.

with love and gratitude,
Carrie, Ben, Logan and Paige

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