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Urgent! We only have a few weeks to save Krzysiek's life! He’s playing an ultimate match, a match to save his life. His opponent is deadly - a brain tumor called gliomablastoma. You have to be a fierce player to win against it... Krzysiek has a chance - but he needs your help! He finishes his chemotherapy at the end of January, and then he could undergo further treatment at a clinic in Cologne in Germany. It’s the only place that gives us hope to save his life. Time is running out, chances are getting smaller every day... The will to live and fight without financial support is not enough. Please – help!
Krzysiek: Death is my head, but I will not give up - I desperately want to live! Brain tumor, stage IV. The worst possible... Without treatment, it's a death sentence. No more than 12 months...
Maja, Krzys’s daughter: My dad is my greatest support, my friend, my role model... I can not imagine that he could be gone! I also thought he’d be the last person to get ill... Always active, living in constant motion. He played basketball professionally all his life. Now he had to put the ball aside and face a much more difficult opponent, death...
Krzysiek: I started playing when I was 16 years old. Basketball was my whole life. I played in many teams throughout the country (Łódź, Gdańsk Wybrzeże and Syntex Łowicz) and was chosen to represent the Polish national team. I played a few matches with a White Eagle on my chest and that was a great feeling to represent my country. Ahead of me, however, there is the most important match I have to play - this one is for my life.
A few months ago, the world suddenly stopped. I was coming home from work. I stood in front of my apartment building... and suddenly there was complete emptiness in my head. Where am I? It lasted only a moment, and then everything returned to normal. I was not scared yet, everyone has such moments - fast pace of life, stress, fatigue, you have to stop for a moment. However, after a few days it happened again, I felt uneasy. Now I know that these were episodes of epilepsy... The first symptoms of gliomablastoma.
Maja: Dad went to a neurologist, had a computer tomography and a consultation with a neurosurgeon. They had no doubts. A brain tumor.
Krzysiek: When you hear such words, it's a shock... You can not describe it. It gets dark and quiet all of a sudden. The doctor asked me which hand I used for writing. When I answered it was my right hand, he said that he was very sorry... that he would cut out the tumor, but it was located in such a place that the right side of my body would be paralyzed. He said that the prognosis was very bad... The world spun before my eyes. I had to choose - wait for the tumor to kill me or agree to a surgery that would leave me disabled. Well, there was really no choice... I want to live. I do not want to die...
I remember the moment when I woke up after the surgery... The first thought - I can see. The second - I can move my arms, the third - I can move my legs... There is no paralysis. Have they operated on me already? It seemed to me like a second had passed... It turned out that it was 8 hours. 8 hours on the operating table during which doctors fought for my life.
Maja: Tumor removed, and dad fully functional... Miracle! I was happy like a little kid who got a candy. I have my “old” smilining dad back... But the joy lasted until the results of the histopathology test arrived. They turned my dad's and my family's life upside down. Stage IV Glioblastoma multiforme - the worst possible malignant tumor. The prognosis - 12 months of life. It's like a bad dream, and I’ll wake up soon...
Krzysiek: The treatment in Poland means radio - and chemotherapy. However, it doesn’t cure, it only prolongs life... Until the next recurrence of cancer, which is inevitable. Gliomas are the worst type of cancer because they grow back and keep coming back! For many, it is a death sentence. The situation of patients suffering from cancer is tragic - some drugs are not accessible, many are not covered by insurance... There was despair and rebellion that nothing can be done, that this is the end... We were looking for a cure and suddenly we found some hope. A clinic in Cologne which specializes in immunotherapy, a modern cancer treatment. The clinic received the Nobel Prize in this field! We have found several cases of glioblastoma patients treated with this method who are still alive - not half a year, not a year, but a few years... When you’re looking death in the face, suddenly every day of life becomes valuable, every day together becomes meaningful.
Maja: We quickly arranged for dad to have a consultation. The first step and success are behind us. At the clinic in Cologne, they qualified my father for treatment. They will help him, they will cure him! Unfortunately, we have to pay huge amounts of money for treatment in Germany. Where to get it from? We have already asked our family and friends for their financial support but it is still not enough... Hence our plea for help.
Krzysiek: In life like on the field - even when we are losing temporarily, we can not give up. In a moment everything can change and the result will be in our favor... Therefore, you have to fight to the end.
Maja: To those who are reading these words... Think about the most important people who gave you life... your parents. If you have lost them, you understand. If you still have them - think what you would feel if they left too soon. I love my dad with all my heart. I don't want to lose him. And I will fight for another year of his life. He is strong and persistent, a typical athlete, some would even say a tough guy. Please - join us... We can win this match against glioma with your invaluable help only!
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