Urgent!! Our dad is fighting for his life against cancer! This is his last chance; please help us!
Jan, our Dad, is suffering from cancer, and right now he’s fighting for his life. The struggle is desperate and dramatic, because this killer disease is not letting him go easily. At the moment he’s in relapse, but the chemotherapy isn’t working anymore. The doctors have told us that we only have one last chance left; however this treatment costs the unprecedented sum of 1,3 million zloty. (300 000€)This abstract number is the cost of our dad’s life, which of course is priceless. If you love your family, if you would do anything for them, we are begging you: please help us by giving what you can to pay for his treatment. We have no time to lose, as the treatment needs to begin as soon as possible for it to work.
Kasia: Jan, or Jasiu to his close friends, is a wonderful husband to our mom, and the best dad you could ever dream of. He is only 50 years old; he should have a lot of long and happy years in front of him. Instead, he is fighting to keep his life going.
Last year, Dad started suffering from leg pain. However, he did not complain, nor did he let us know that anything was wrong. He is like that: always sharing a smile, always cheerful. He comforts you when you have a bad day, inspiring you with optimism and positive energy. He didn't want to worry us. I was turning eighteen then. I know now that the pain he was experiencing was unbearable, but my dad stuffed himself with painkillers so he could be there for me; so we could dance together at my birthday party.
Soon afterwards, the pain had intensified so much that we were forced to cancel our winter skiing trip. This was devastating as Dad loves to ski. Always an active person, he also supported us in our passions. He cheered for me during my music school exams, without missing a single competition. He supported my sister in her love of horse riding, paying for her lessons and equipment. Thanks to him our travel dreams came true, with dad always saying that he still had time to travel, that he would see some more of the world...None of us thought that these plans might not come true, because an uninvited guest would invade our family - cancer.
Weronika: The pain my dad endured was initially attributed to sciatica. After a series of examinations, however, the doctors discovered the brutal truth: cancer. Malignant lymphoma. The awareness that someone in your closest family is sick with such a terrible, deadly disease that he or she may die from is a nightmare that cannot be compared to anything else. Cancer is fear: fear of another test, fear of another result, of relapse, of what tomorrow brings... It's the feeling of helplessness when a loved one is suffering and you can't do anything. It's pain. My Dad, always brave, suffered terribly. He felt as if his leg was being cut off, or as if he was repeatedly being hit with a hammer.
Dad began his race with death. We could not despair, we had to do everything to support him. The hospital became our second home, because this was where dad was fighting for his life. His doctors introduced chemotherapy, and then immunotherapy. There were hard moments, one after another, like when my dad developed high fever. He ended up at ED, where he was diagnosed with neutropenic fever - a complication in cancer patients, which often leads to death. But there were also good times - remission. Unfortunately, it did not last very long. Tests conducted four months after the end of chemotherapy showed a relapse of the disease.
Kasia: Another five cycles of chemotherapy and another method of treatment - the collection and transplantation of stem cells. It was supposed to be the end, the final victory in the fight against the disease. Dad felt good, and he even returned to work, thinking that it was all over at last. He was full of hope and good energy. He was supposed to go to the seaside with my mom, to celebrate the victory of life over death. A few days before departure, my mother noticed a tumor on his back. It turned out to be a very aggressive relapse: metastasis to the brain.
Weronika: Dad is taking palliative treatment. It does not give him a chance to return to health, it only reduces his pain. It extends, but does not save lives. Oncological drugs no longer work. There is only one treatment of last resort. Car-T Cell Therapy is about taking T cells and modifying them, so that they can fight cancer. It is a way of "reprogramming" the body so that it can defeat the disease. It has saved many people's lives. However, it is not reimbursed. The cost is over 1.3 million PLN, a price that we'll never be able to pay alone.
We would do anything for our parents, but we could never get that amount of money alone. We need help, we cannot give up without a fight. 1.3 million zloty for us seems like an impossible sum to fundraise but we are ready to make every effort possible. This is why we appeal to all people of good will everywhere who can support us, even with the smallest sum. We would do anything to save Dad, and we know he would do the same for us. So please help us, we implore you - we cannot save our father’s life without you.
Kasia and Weronika, Jan’s daughters.