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Help Kron instructor Jason Taylor kick cancer’s arse

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by Meg Floyd

Kron instructor Jason Taylor is fighting for his life against renal cell carcinoma and needs help kicking its ass. From his GoFundMe page:

As many of you reading this already know, Jason Taylor is a fighter! After being diagnosed in 2011 with Renal Cell Carcinoma and having a kidney removed, Jason began an ongoing chemotherapy regimen that lasted for almost 2 1/2 years. In May of 2014, he and Heather received the devasting news that the cancer had metasized and was spreading throughout his bones and organs. Until becoming seriously ill in May, Jason was a professor of English at both CSU Fullerton and CSU Long Beach; he was dedicated to his church, involved in the Knights of Columbus, was an avid volunteer for kids with Asperberger syndrome, and was living a full-life with his beloved wife and best friend, Heather. Over the past few months, Jason has been aggressively fighting with a strong spirit, but has spent the last 6 days in the hospital for symptoms related to chemo-induced liver failure. His bilirubin has been very high, as is his pain level, but he is not ready to quit fighting.

The hospital is discharging him to have Palliative Care at home. Since he is opting to continue his chemotherapy, he will not be receiving Hospice Care at this time, so the burden of paying for Palliative Care is falling on Heather and Jason. Their insurance company makes a distinction between the two types of care, and they don’t cover palliative care. As an example, Jason needs a hospital bed at home. On Hospice Care, they would cover it; on Palliative Care, they will not. Additionally, he needs anti-nausea medication on a near-constant basis and the insurance company only covers a limited supply (about 1/6th) of what he needs.

Since Jason hasn’t worked since May, and Heather has taken a family leave of absence from her job, you can imagine how they need some financial assistance to get through these next few months. The medical bills have piled up since Jason resumed care in May, and they have typical living expenses that need to be met despite not presently having a steady income to sustain them.

If you are reading this, then you can help! If it is in your family’s budget to contribute any amount to this fund, then please do. If it is not, you can support the Taylors by forwarding this to some people you know.

If you want to donate to help Jason fund his medical care, click here to go to his GoFundMe page. 


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