Meet Adam! He is 20 years old and majoring in mathematics with an emphasis on statistics at Arizona State University. Read more about Adam’s story and how you can help below.
“I have struggled with my health for the past couple of years now. My medical journey would only start with the struggles of being jaundiced, uncontrollable head-to-toe itching, lots of hospital visits, and having complete uncertainty for my future. During one of those visits, I got diagnosed with an incurable disease called PSC, which is a complication in the liver’s bile ducts. This disease would continue to affect me until a transplant was available.
I was lucky enough to receive a new liver on April 3rd, curing me of a horrible lifelong disease. When they took out my liver, they surprisingly found that half of the organ was cancerous and wondered how it was even working. After my transplant the doctors informed me of having lymphoma and concluding this issue, they want to make sure there is no cancer in me going under the radar. I went through 4 rounds of chemotherapy and spent the next 4 months in the hospital or at home too sick to leave."
With the help of Come Together Fund’s supporters, we are so excited to be able to help Adam through his college journey!
If you wish to donate to Adam’s lifelong medical bills, you can follow this link https://cota.org/campaigns/cotaforadamk .
Meet Nolan! He is 21 years old and majoring in Marketing and Advertising at Grand Canyon University while working as a Realtor in the North Phoenix area. Read more about Nolan's story below.
"Due to the severity of my diagnosis, we started my chemo treatment that same night. However, because San Diego wasn’t my home, I had to make a big decision. Should I go back to my small town in Colorado with my parents or choose the better hospital options in Phoenix with my girlfriend? I was transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. At this hospital, I reached major milestones in my treatment. Thanks to heavy chemo treatments and countless surgeries, my tumor was gone, my heart was drained, and my treatment was progressing well; however, the process was not problem-free.
My primary doctor at Mayo informed me that despite the progress we have made in San Diego, I was getting treated incorrectly. They were treating me as an adult when it turns out I had pediatric cancer. This is where I made the switch to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) to continue my treatment but with a different treatment regime. This included different types of chemotherapy complimented with radiation therapy. This is where I have spent most of my time throughout my treatment.
Currently, in my life, I’m in the maintenance phase of my treatment at PCH. This is where I’m still on chemo every day but only go into the hospital once a month for small procedures and heavy chemo that I can’t get at home. The maintenance phase has allowed me to finally get back a sense of normalcy in my life, like being able to reenroll in college and pursue my passions in real estate as an active Realtor® in AZ. I am looking forward to November of 2022 so I can ring the bell and take everything I have learned through my journey and use it to educate, inspire, and help others."