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Hi, I am Anthony Nelson, a 50-year-old father, son, brother, friend, artist, bartender, storyteller and one of the many faces of cancer. I didn’t need to get sick to fully appreciate my life, those I love and the many amazing reasons I must fight for my life, but cancer is doing all it can to take me away from all of that.
My worst fear is to be a burden on my community and especially to those I love. Although I have a remarkable support system of people, the realities of cancer (the loss of revenue due to incapacitation and the astronomical expenses associated with the years of anticipated treatment), and the fact we are not made of money, I am faced with either not being able to follow through on what I need to survive or not being able to meet the financial challenges I will accrue. This is why I need your help.
I recently read that each year in America more than 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 600,000 will die from it. For once in my life, I am happy to think of myself as one in a million. I choose to be one of the people who live through and get to tell the past tense story about how I beat cancer. I don’t expect anyone to solve, nor someone to write one single check to my problems for me. Whatever you can do is beyond appreciated.