This is Will Gray, a musician, songwriter, and filmmaker. On October 31, 2012, Will was diagnosed with cancer. Here’s a little bit of his story.
”Will’s battle with maxillary sinus cancer began October 31, 2012, when he received the official diagnosis. The month leading up to that was filled with a series of tests and failed treatments for what was a suspected sinus infection.
Unfortunately, since October 31, there has been very little rest or respite. Will’s tumor in his right maxillary sinus grew quickly and painfully. Surgery was rough, chemotherapy and radiation even tougher.
In early January, Will’s wife Angie left her job to be a fulltime caregiver to Will, the two of them fighting side by side. Since then, they have been living on the support and generosity of their family, friends, and Will’s fans.
In late March, upon completing chemo and radiation, Will underwent a final scan. At this point, we all believed that Will would have a few months of recovery before entering the next phase of his battle: reconstructive surgery and hopefully total remission.
Instead, he and Angie received the news that the cancer had spread. It had moved throughout his body and taken hold of his back (breaking a vertebrae in his spinal column), hip bones, sternum, shoulder blades, lungs, and lymph nodes.
The options and outlook seemed grim. Not only was Will’s body a shadow of what it once was, but his usual sharpness and mental acuity was waning.
Hospice was called in, and Angie and Will traveled home with weeks, maybe months, or possibly a few more months with more chemotherapy.
Angie, a certified massage therapist, nutritional aficionado, caregiver extraordinaire and loving wife, began researching alternative therapies. Their apartment became a constant flow of organic vegetables, juices, tinctures and supplements, in hopes of starving the cancer and strengthening William.
The result was encouraging. Not only did Will keep the fight, he began to gain more strength physically as well as emotionally. Visitors who saw him in the hospital marveled at how much better he was faring. Hospice nurses were surprised continually at his improvement.
And then we hit a plateau.
The care Angie has so brilliantly assembled has come from the advice of doctors, homeopathic caregivers, surgeons, naturalists, therapists, herbalists… you name it. She has combined recommended treatments to form a plan that involves a constant influx of care around the clock. This has allowed Will to be much more present — and even make regular visits to the firepit in the apartment pool area — but not to make the significant improvements we are all hoping and praying for.”
Which brings us to now. Will and Angie are going to try an alternative care at a cancer treatment center in Arizona called An Oasis of healing. He’s starting at the center on June 6th (Today!) But it’s expensive and insurance won’t cover it.
Some of Will’s friends and family have started a page on YouCaring.com to help raise money so they won’t have to pay a dime for this treatment. This is where you come in. You can help by clicking right >here< and donating whatever you can. Treatment and housing is probably going to cost them about $8,000 a week and they’re hoping to raise enough for two months. Clearly, they could use all the help they can get.
And if you can’t donate, SIGNAL BOOST. Reblog this post. Tell your friends.
“I will never understand why things work the way they do, but at this moment I’m okay with that. Some people might say that we didn’t deserve what has happened, but we can say in all truth that what we don’t deserve is the incredible love that you all have poured out on us… I believe every life is worth fighting for and maybe this fight isn’t just against cancer but also about learning how to give of ourselves for each other — for physical life itself, but also for love that is shown by the sacrifice given.
Will feels your love and he is completely overwhelmed by it.
Thank you for doing this with us! Thank you for sending us to Arizona! Thank you for loving Will so well and not giving up on him!” - Angie Gray
For more information and updates check HERE at GoTeamGray.com
To hear some of Will’s music go HERE
(Again -> HERE <- is where you can donate.)