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Help Randy and his battle with Tracheal Cancer.

In 2011 Randy was diagnosed with a rare tracheal cancer . To date, he has had 19 laser and cryotherapy surgeries with the cancer returning each time. The family and friends of Randy Johnson are uniting to raise money to help with his battle of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Trachea. November 2010, Randy had come down with what seemed as a bad flu. After many trip to see specialists he was misdiagnosed with asthma and COPD. Months later, he still wasn't feeling better and was getting worse. Working in his profession as an electrician was out of the question because of the dust he was unable to breathe. In May 2011, he had a CAT scan and was rushed to the hospital when the doctors discovered 90% of his airway was closed. After his first laser surgery and biospy we finally found out he had tracheal cancer. Oncologists wouldn't come up with a treatment plan for Randy because with his rare type of cancer, there is none. It was disheartening to continue to hear there weren't any answers and nothing could really be done to ensure Randy would live more that 18 months. It's hard to watch someone you love face a disease where there is no known cure. His only relief was laser surgeries to open his airway; to date, he has had 19 of them. Laser surgeries can no longer be performed because of the amount of scar tissue that is being created from them. Randy completed 33 rounds of radiation starting June 20th and ending August 6th. While preliminary results looked good, the cancer has already returned 5 weeks later. Time is running out for Randy because of the rate the cancer continues to come back. The light at the end of the tunnel is that we have found a life saving option for Randy; a tracheal transplant, which would be performed by Dr. Paolo Maccharini. This procedure is not yet FDA approved so Randy will need to travel abroad to have this procedure done. With the help of Alex Roberts from Regenerate a life we have been able to navigate through all the particulars of putting this together. Dr. Macchiarini has graciously waived his fee and the hospital in Russia will not be charging for their services either. We are asking for your help to raise money for Randy's lodging expenses in Russia while he is recouporating from the transplant. He will need to stay in Russia at least 6 months to stay close to Dr. Macchiarini and his surgical team to monitor him. Randy just turned 42 in June and has so much more life to live. He has a family that needs him and a stepsons that look up to him and love him. Any amount would be appreciated to help Randy with his battle.

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