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Donations are to help James Fernandez with medical, health insurance, counseling, and living expenses while undergoing cancer treatment.

Hello friends,

I (James Fernandez) was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer like the famous cyclist Lance Armstrong. Unfortunately, I need financial help, and am asking around for donations. Due to the recession, my employer dropped our company health insurance plan.

On February 13th, without health insurance, I unexpectedly needed emergency surgery to remove a tumor on February 13th. I have applied for new insurance with the State. However, the premiums and out-of-pocket costs are the most expensive due to my "pre-existing condition," and will be until at least 2014, when national health reform is supposed to begin.

The sad irony is I was planning to purchase individual health insurance over the holidays, but I was preoccupied with the death and loss of my elderly dad on December 4th. Unbelievably tragic, my aunt (dad's sister), my dad's girlfriend, and a friend's daughter also died over the holidays within a 5-week period of each other. Dealing with these 4 separate deaths and the funerals caused me to miss work over a period equivalent to about a month. Since my surgery, I have already missed another month of work.

After my surgery, I am now approximately 80 to 90 plus percent cured of the cancer. Thankfully, testicular cancer is slow-growing and has a high cure rate. However, my doctor has recommended I get 17 daily treatments of radiation to eliminate any remaining cancer in a small area in my lower body. Radiation treatment is very expensive, and runs in the 6 figures. The State insurance plan will cover 80 percent of the treatment expenses, once it becomes effective in April. At that time, I will likely have the treatments over a four-week period. I will be posting new updates on my health here on this website.

Please consider donating to help with my medical expenses, health insurance costs, counseling fees, and my living expenses during this time. Please pray for my complete healing from cancer and for safe radiation treatments. Ask God to meet all my needs during this ordeal, and pray I can return to my normal work routine soon. Finally, please pray that God would work all these bad things together for my good in the near future. Thank you! May the Lord bless you and give you peace always!

In Christ,
James Fernandez

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3120 Avalon Way SW #202
Seattle, WA 98126
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