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Family and friends of Mark Davis are uniting to raise money to help with the cost of a transplant and other medical expenses.

Mark has been diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma (cancer of the liver). Hepatocellular carcinoma accounts for most liver cancers. This type of cancer occurs more often in men than women. It is usually seen in people age 50 or older. Hepatocellular carcinoma is not the same as metastatic liver cancer, which starts in another organ (such as the breast or colon) and spreads to the liver. In most cases, the cause of liver cancer is usually scarring of the liver (cirrhosis).

Aggressive surgery or a liver transplant can successfully treat small or slow-growing tumors if they are diagnosed early. However, few patients are diagnosed early.

Chemotherapy delivered straight into the liver with a catheter can help, but it will not cure the disease. Radiation treatments in the area of the cancer may also be helpful. However, many patients have liver cirrhosis or other liver diseases that make these treatments more difficult.

Mark has started his treatment with Sorafenib Tosylate (Nexavar), an oral medicine that blocks tumor growth, and is now approved for patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. This is not a medication to cure Mark, but to help prolong his life so that he can have a liver transplant. Nexavar is the first and only medication for unresectable (inoperable) liver cancer that has been proven to help people live longer. The patients who received Nexavar lived 44% longer than those patients who did not receive Nexavar.

As you can imagine, this unexpected family crisis will take quite a toll on Mark and Margie, emotionally and financially. Mark has not been working since the medication he is on is making him really sick.

We don't know what the total expenses will be - but we felt we had to get something started to alleviate the stress on Mark and Margie so that they can focus all of their energy and strength on winning this battle! The money donated will be used to pay for medical expenses and to help with daily living expenses while Mark and Margie have to live off of one income. Please keep Mark and Margie in your prayers at this time! They need all your support and prayers to help them stay strong through this trial.

If you have any questions, or suggestions or just need to contact a representative for the family please call Diane Davis Florez (Mark's Sister) at 713-244-4095 or e-mail at dianedavis76@yahoo.com

All your generous contributions, thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated!!

Thank you all SO Much!! - The Davis Family

BBQ Benefit to be held at Vara's Sports Bar located at: 2727 North Freeway Houston, TX 77009
(713) 863-1220

Date: 5/20/2012
Time: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

There will be Live Entertainment by LAST SOUL CLAN/ Joe Flores,SOUL SEARCHERS, LA RAZA CONNECTION/ Larry Lozano, DAVID DE LA GARZA, MARCIE CHAPA, DJ ILL-SET, DJ MASARU, DJ KID VICIOUS. Food & Fun for the kids (Moonwalk and other activities).

We have the BBQ Benefit tickets for sale now $10 for ticket includes admission and live entertainment and other activities! There will also be a raffle!
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