On May 9th 2019, 3 strangers saved my life and I was one of them! This is truly an amazing story of giving. A single mother in her later 30's gave me the left lobe of her liver thru the UPMC Living Donor Transplant program. The other person, an organ donor I never met, gave a piece of the largest vein in our body.
November 15th - our 4th fundraising day!
Thank you Islamorada Beer Company for hosting our event. Thank you Briz for your "Voices of Rock" show. What a great way to bring back so many wonderful memories! Thank you to our volunteers & donors!
November 2nd & 3rd, our 2nd fundraiser, Thank you Coconut Cove Resort & Marina for hosting our event. Thank you A1A for coordinating the many musicians, the live broadcasting and so much more,. Thank you Darby Ledbetter, Ray Boone, Darrel Clanton, Terrance "Goose" Downing, Harold Boothe, Rick Hoefell, Pacific Rick, Sam Rainwater, Godiva, Salt Lifers, Tropix, Jeff Randall, MJ Wicker, Scott Youngberg, Rick Wolfe, and many other wonderful musicians for giving your time and creating an escape for others. Thank you to the many donors & volunteers. Together we can Help many!
October 21st, our 1st fundraising event at the Elks Lodge Tavernier. Thank you A1A Productions for your support and live broadcasting. Thank you Tropical Soul and the many musicians for giving your time and the wonderful music to help others create an escape.
August 2021 - A1A Radio is now broadcasting our mission!
THANK YOU A1A Productions for your GENEROUS SUPPORT.
To the A1A Radio Family - we want to help - contact us to find out more. We need Caregivers, Patients, Physicians, Clinicians, and people like you to help our mission.
July 15th our 1st awareness event at Popp's Motel. Thank you to the participating nonprofits, attendees and volunteers for making this event possible.
JULY 2021 - OUR 1ST GRANT -
THANK YOU - Community Foundation of the Florida Keys! We will complete the mission "Together we can Help Many"!
July 2021 - OUR 1st FREELANCE Angel - "Danielle" - THANK YOU! we look forward to working with you! Your professionalism SHINES BRIGHT!
July 2021 - A new addition to our sponsors coming soon!
July 15th 2021 - Our 1st Awareness Event at :
Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center @ Popp's Bayside
95500 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33036
Thank you Popp's Motel.. Your GIFT to the attendees was well received.
May 2021 - Received "Night Moves" as a donation, this is a historic 21 foot T-Craft . used in the series Bloodline, look under the Sponsors page
March 2021 – Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center receives 1st donation of a 23 foot sailboat. THANK YOU!!!
- Negotiations for lease space to hold retreats
- Search continues for Donors and Sponsors, we found several acres of land that is perfect to develop into a world class healing center. We need to find financial support.
January 2021 – Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center is registered with AMAZON SMILE
- Approved listing on Benevity
December 2020 – Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center – received approval of the 501 c-3 designation from the IRS… Our letter in HAND!
- Received approval for Google Ad Grants – Cause Inspired Media was hired to handle the internet advertising.
- Received approval from Microsoft for nonprofit status.
- 1st DONATION $50.00 THANK YOU!!!
- 1stadministrative volunteer…THANK YOU!!!
- 1st Inquiry about attending a retreat
- 1st Inquiry about teaching at retreats
October 2020 – Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center receives donation of Brochures, Letterhead & Envelopes.
- Found location to hold retreats
September 2020 – Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center became a member of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives - NANOE
- Set up STRIPE ACCOUNT
- Set up Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Accounts
- Set up - Venmo, PAYPAL, Donorbox Accounts
August 2020 – Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center received an EIN number from the IRS
July 2020 – Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center receives Articles of Incorporation from the state of PA
March 2020 – CoVid 19 hits America – no one seen that coming!!!
- 1stVolunteer – THANK YOU
May 9th - my liver transplant. Keep in mind, this was not a typical transplant. The surgeons also had to replace the vina cava. The vina cava is the main vein that takes all of the blood from the liver and returns it to the heart. On top of this, I received a small piece of a living donor liver. The surgeons are going to attach a cadaver vina cava to the small piece of living donor liver
After I was approved for a liver transplant, I knew that to survive the surgery I would need to be strong and be in the best physical condition possible. As I was in the middle of my daily exercise routine, I was thinking about my wife and son and how afraid they must be. I felt really bad, they have seen me go thru so many surgeries and now a liver transplant, let alone, my vina cava was being replaced. How can modern medicine be so advanced? How did this happen? Can this happen? Can I survive? What will happen to my family, if I don't survive? What can I do to assure them that everything will be okay and I will survive?
Then an explosion in my mind. I had a vison of a cancer healing center to help CAREGIVERS and cancer patients. I will survive and when I do, I am going to open a cancer healing center to help cancer patients and CAREGIVERS better understand what they can expect during their cancer journey.
When I was finished my routine, I told my wife when I survive, I going to open a cancer healing center in the Florida Keys.
March /April 2015 - At the age of 51 - words you never want to hear - "You have stage IV metastasized Colorectal Cancer".
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 - Multiple surgeries to remove tumors in colon/rectum, liver, left lung.
August 2018 - The liver tumor continues to re-grow even after 3 earlier liver surgeries. No treatment options left to help. "Get your affairs in order. You have about 6 months to live".
March 2019 - 'Your liver tumor is pushing on and closing off your hepatic vein - it is 70% closed. You will have less than 2 months to live. The only option we can offer you is a liver transplant to remove the persistent tumor. We haven't offered this to a stage IV cancer patient before. But it is your only option for life. And, since your liver is functioning, you do not have a MELD score to qualify you for a cadaver liver. You must have a Living Donor liver transplant. Oh, by the way... you must find your own liver' ... It's a BYOL! (Bring Your Own Liver) ... WHAT?! ... The search began....
April 2019 - AN ANGEL CAME TO ME.... her name is Danielle.
May 08, 2019 - A GIFT is given ...
2020 - After battling the monster that cancer is, for over four years, and watching the overwhelming stress and sacrifices of my family, I vowed, that if I lived through the transplant, I wanted to do something to make a difference in others lives that are also in the same battle. Now, with a second chance of LIFE, I have dedicated myself to creating a Cancer Healing Center to provide HOPE, HEALING, RELIEF & SUPPORT - through education & information, at a retreat location in the Florida Keys. The goal is to help others learn preventative techniques & how to live with their cancer. Read the full story of my cancer SURVIVAL journey that was written by a USA Today affiliate, by clicking the link below.
Wanting to be successful with
Green Bay Packer pride ,
off to Canada to see my Naturopathic Medical Oncologist in, early January 2019 after given 6 months to live in mid December 2018. The tumor attached to my inferior vena cava was growing rapidly. Using High Dose Mistletoe and Vitamin C, we stopped the growth. This procedure must be performed by a Professional,
DO NOT TRY THIS ON YOUR OWN!
At the apartment relaxing for the day. more to follow soon,
Danielle is the incredible brave woman that gave me the gift of LIFE!
Her recovery from the partial liver donation at UPMC was 5 days in the hospital then released with follow ups.
Danielle, your willingness to give part of your body to almost a complete stranger is an amazing testimony to your kindness, your love of life and shows your true heart!
This $2.00 piece of equipment is worth more than the millions of dollars worth of equipment in the hospital when you are recovering from surgery!
Yes, that is a TRUE STATMENT!
This is a spirometer, you inhale thru it to increase you lung capacity. By doing so, you bring more oxygen into the lungs, which does way too many things to lit here..
Just Do It!
Yes, that's right, it was a beautiful June day, the sun was beaming in the window and I'm taking a spa day to relax, heal and recover.
What a wonderful feeling!
Thanks to the qualified and skilled team at the Starzl Transplant Institute at UPMC Montefiore Hospital.
To the Surgeons, operating room staff, Transplant Floor Nurses, and all involved in my fight for life,
Thank you for the time and dedication you give to your education, the endless hours when someone is in need and the kindness you gave to me helping in my surgery and recovery.
YOU ARE OUR HEROS!
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve lives. Your generous donation will help to fund our mission. THANK YOU!
Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center is a 501 c-3
I have been self employed most of my life. Fortunately, I have a loving wife and son, that were with me all the way from the time we met and from the time my son was able to tie his shoes. Along with, being surrounded by amazing people; neighbors, friends, employees and sub-contractors who gave so much.....THANK YOU for you support!!!
A big problem being self employed was, in order to afford health insurance we had catastrophic health insurance (affordable premium - no benefits). Which was ok at the time because our family was very healthy, we had a good diet, we were taking whole food supplements, we were getting exercise and we had no history of medical conditions in our family.
That all changed in 2015 when the new insurance plans kicked in. I was 51 in March that year and as they say "you need a colonoscopy". So, I complied and that is when the BAD news came. A HUGE tumor was found in my colon. The doctor estimated the tumor was growing for over 8 years, so that means my cancer started in my early 40's. The tumor was so large, my surgeon did another colonoscopy to tattoo my intestines where it need to be removed, 10 days later I was having a colon resection. After the surgery, my cancer was diagnosed as stage IV colorectal cancer, the tumor had broken the barrier and was in my lymph nodes. When my doctor told me the news, my first comment was " I can beat this, right?" and as a good doctor does, his reply was "YES".
That is when my wife and I started our research on what caused this to happen and what we could do to stop the spread of the cancer called metastasis. We found nutrition, naturopathic treatments, homeopath and alternative therapy treatments (massage, yoga, acupuncture & chiropractic) would heal my body, possibly stop the growth of cancer and would compliment the success of western medicine. Our research and learning continues even today, July 8, 2021
Later in 2015, a CT PET SCAN showed 5 tumors in my liver. My Oncologist Doctor, the Surgeon and my Naturopathic Oncologist recommended chemotherapy and other medications / supplements to shrink the tumors and then surgery to remove the tumors. We agreed and I did several chemotherapy treatments over a 6 week period. We found that Nutrition & Naturopathic treatments were a huge factor to help eliminate the side effects of Chemotherapy. The massage & Acupuncture helped eliminate neuropathy in my feet and fingers.
After the treatments, the surgeon recommended me to UPMC in Pittsburgh because, I had a tumor on my inferior vena cava (this is the largest vein in our body and supplies all the blood from our liver to our heart) it was a very difficult and life threatening procedure. In January 2016, I had a liver resection to remove 1/2 of my liver and the tumor on my inferior vena cava was ablated (burned out). Three months after the surgery, it was recommended that I have more chemotherapy to remove any remaining cancer cells.
Keep in mind, while all of this was going on, we had a business to operate. My son had just graduated college and was starting his career in NYC. Which he put on hold to come home and help me and his mother. Occasionally, when able, I would go to work and do as much as possible, even carrying a chemo pump.
Later in 2016, a CT SCAN showed a mass in my lung. After monitoring it for several months and other test, I was given the option to biopsy it or just remove it. In January 2017, I chose to have a lung wedge resection to remove the tumor and what a GREAT DECISION it was, the mass came back positive as colon cancer. Yes, colon cancer. When this cancer metastasizes, the same type of cancer cell spreads to your other organs,
Then in 2017, a CT SCAN showed the tumor on my inferior vena cava was back. In January again, another surgery to ablate the tumor.
In August of 2018, a CT SCAN showed the tumor on the inferior vina cava was back and again it was ablated. In November a CT PET SCAN showed the tumor was back, growing rapidly and bigger than ever. I was give the choice of chemo the remainder of my life and if I didn't, they gave me six months to live because the tumor was pushing against my hepatic vein and would eventually grow into the inferior vena cava and both would block the blood flow to my heart.
My Family and I could not believe this was happening, I was in very good physical condition. and I had no symptoms. I could do anything I put my mind to.
I decided that I was NOT going to take chemo for the remainder of my LIFE. The reason, it is no way to live and because as soon as I stop, the tumor would grow and eventually, I would die. Instead, I chose to go to Canada in January of 2019 to see my Naturopathic Oncologist who I have been seeing since 2015. Only this time, we had to step it up a few notches. I was instructed to get high does of Mistletoe and Vitamin C through IV, along with nebulizing alpha lipoic acid and other naturopathic treatments. ( DO NOT TRY THIS ON YOUR OWN, YOU MUST HAVE A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTER ANY NATROPATHIC MEDICINE ) My Wife and I spent the next three months in Canada to receive these treatments.
In March of 2019, UPMC contacted me about having a liver transplant. This option was never available nor performed on anyone in the WORLD by UPMC for Metastatic Cancer, because the theory was Metastatic Cancer would continue to grow in my body and I would die anyway. The GOOD NEWS is the Naturopathic Treatments worked and we stopped the growth of the tumor. All the testing results for the liver transplant came back positive and I was approved for a living donor liver transplant. Only it was a BYOL... "bring your own liver" now that was a new one... does Amazon sell them, Craigslist, or maybe Offer Up???
Not to put any pressure on us BUT.... the surgery had to be completed QUICKLY before the tumor began to grow again and it would break into the inferior vena cava. My family and friends put together a huge campaign for me to try and find the most amazing person in the world that would give part of their liver to me. While all of this was going in, I was able to find a supplier of mistletoe that would accept a Canadian Doctors prescription and a functional doctor here in the states to administer the treatments.
My wife and son were the first to sign up to donate part of their liver. The bad news.... both were disqualified, after the results were in 3 of my sons friends signed up, they were disqualified, about 50 people all total disqualified.
The my Angel arrived.. in May of 2019 my new neighbor, whom I only met once or twice because I was always having surgery or out of the country. Was approved and graciously donated part of her liver to me, almost a complete stranger with several children. And thanks to her I survived to be here today. How do you thank someone for giving you such an amazing gift of LIFE? Words can not explain or show our family's GRATITUDE! My donor is doing GREAT... After the surgery, she was out of the hospital in a few days and is Grateful that she was able to help our family!
HAPPY DAYS!!! ALWAYS BELIEVE AND DON'T GIVE UP!!!!
YOU CAN BEAT THIS!
Click the link below to view an article written by Kim Strong, a USA Today associate
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