As I mentioned on this blog several months ago, in November of last year my older brother, Matt, was diagnosed with a brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme. Think of this as the great white shark of cancers: big, strong, sneaky, aggressive, deadly, and not at all easy to contain or defeat.
Conventional cancer treatment—the triad of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation—is almost universally useless on this type of cancer. Recently I wrote an article about glioblastoma for the British magazine The Spectator on some of the breakthroughs happening in the treatment of this disease.
We received some good news on this front. There is a solid chance that my brother will be accepted into a promising clinical trial at the University of California, Los Angeles. In fact, as I write this, he is in L.A. undergoing preliminary evaluation. The trial, which involves major brain surgery and continual infusions of a gene-therapy concoction, would require that he live near UCLA for about six months.
Now, Los Angeles is a very expensive city in which to live. Staying in a house, apartment, or hotel room for six months, especially in areas close to the university, can cost many thousands per month. My brother and his wife have three small children who would, of course, need to live with them during the treatment.
We have already witnessed how kind both friends and strangers can be with generous monetary donations. What I am asking from you is this:
Does anybody have an apartment, house, or guest house in Los Angeles that they’d be willing either to donate for six months or rent at a reduced rate? And if you yourself don’t have such a place, do you know anybody who might, or know anybody who might know anybody who might?
It may seem like the longest of long shots, but I suppose it’s worth it to ask.
Even drawing attention to this post through Twitter and Facebook would be an incredible help. It costs you nothing to do so.
If you have any information, please feel free to contact me in any of three ways:
1. Through the contact form on this website.
2. Through direct emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. On Twitter: @robertwargas