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Derek Dodel is battling an inoperable brain tumor. Please help in any way!

In July 2008, just after Derek graduated from high school, he was diagnosed with a very rare Brain Tumor, called a Pontine Glioma, which is inoperable. Derek is now 23 years old and fighting each day. Derek was also diagnosed with Hemi-facial spasms, which effect the muscles in his face causing uncontrollable ticks and spasms. To help with the Hemi-facial spasms, Derek has to undergo 4 Botox treatments a year. Each treatment only helps for 3 months at a time and is not covered by insurance.

Since he and his family live in Idaho, there is no facility close by for specialized treatment and a 3.0 MRI. The closest 3.0 MRI machine is in Seattle. Derek and his mother have to travel several times a year to Seattle to the University of Washington for the MRI's and observations. Derek's mom works two jobs to keep up with expenses as well as using every spare moment to make quilts to sell, as well as aprons, hats, and purses. But with an upcoming brain surgery in June 2012, dire help is needed at this time.

They must travel to Seattle for the surgery to stop the Hemi-facial spasms and to observe the Brain Tumor. This will be very expensive as Derek will not be able to be transported for 30 days after the surgery. His mother needs to stay in a near by facility in order to help him with his recovery. This is a heavy burden due to the meager means of the family. They struggle every year trying to pay for travel expenses, 2 MRI's, the necessary botox, and the insurance deductable. Although the family does have insurance, their expenses and travel costs far extend beyond what is covered and burden's the family with approximately $5,930 a year. This doesn't even cover the loss of income from work.

They would like to thank everyone for all of their help and support and may God bless all of those that help those that need help. Each day they are so thankful for Derek and the love and energy he gives their family.
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