Tragically, Both Heather and Jason have been diagnosed with cancer in the past year. Their young dreams have been put on hold as they undergo aggressive chemotherapy. On top of that, they are struggling to pay for medical bills, ongoing treatment, care for their three year old son and every day living. Please contribute if you can and read on for their full story...
A Beautiful Beginning
Heather and Jason met at church and fell deeply in love in 2008. They were married in 2009 and together, embody grace, resilience and optimism. They describe each other as “best friends” and “forever sweethearts”. In 2015, they welcomed their beautiful son, Lucian into the world.
Heather motivates and heals others through her professional personal training business. Jason inspires people across the world through his renowned art.
And Lucian is a happy, sweet preschooler who loves his caring parents. Together, they love going on road trips and want to live to take their son hiking someday on the John Muir trail.
A Tragic Double Diagnosis
Unthinkably, both Jason and Heather have both been diagnosed with aggressive cancers in the last year. And now they are fighting for their lives.
Last May, Jason was in pain from a headache that wouldn’t go away, so Heather took him to the emergency room. Soon after, doctors diagnosed Jason with glioblastoma multiforme- an often fatal form of brain cancer.
Heather and Jason have faced the battle for Jason’s future with their characteristic optimism and grace. But over Thanksgiving and Christmas, Heather struggled with increasing abdominal pain and fatigue. Last week, Heather found out that her pain was caused by pancreatic cancer.
The Road Ahead
Jason had part of his tumor removed and needs continuing chemo and scans every 8 weeks to monitor the tumors that remain.
He and Heather are hopeful that a new FDA-approved drug will help Jason live a longer life with his tumors.
Meanwhile, Heather is starting a six-month course of aggressive chemo and will have surgery to remove her tumor soon. These treatments will increase her chance of survival, but are not a cure.
The Challenges Continue
Because of their ongoing treatment needs, Heather and Jason’s continuing medical and financial challenges are significant.
Both the Brinkerhoffs are self-employed. Jason’s surgery has left him unable to drive, and continuing his work as an artist is difficult. Heather won’t be able to work for at least the next six months while she undergoes chemotherapy.
They have a small, two-bedroom house with a kitchen that needs significant work done in order for it to be functional. There isn’t a place for Heather’s parents or other caregivers to sleep. It’s essential for them to have necessary renovations to their house so that they can accommodate the full-time caregivers they need.
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