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The family and friends of Trey Hatton are uniting to raise money to help with his battle against testicular cancer. Thank you!

Trey was diagnosed with testicular cancer (nonseminoma embryonal cell carcinoma) at the age of 26 years old on April 27, 2012 after a radical inguinal orchiectomy of his left testicle for what we thought was a "dead" testicle resulting from testicular torsion.

We proceeded with blood work and CT scans to find out on May 10, 2012 that the cancer had metastasized via the lymph nodes to Trey's abdomen and lungs. Trey's oncologist ordered a MRI of the brain and a bone scan to make sure Trey didn't have further metastasis. We received the results from the MRI and bone scan on May 25, 2012 and they were both clear.

Trey began chemotherapy on June 4, 2012 for stage IIIB testicular cancer. He received four cycles of BEP (Bleomycin, Etoposide, and Cisplatin) over a period of twelve weeks for his stage III diagnosis. One of the positive things about testicular cancer is there is a targeted chemotherapy for it, which results in a very high cure rate even with metastasis. He received his last treatment on August 21, 2012.

We went in on September 11, 2012 to talk to the oncologist about the results of his post chemotherapy CT scans and blood work. Trey's tumor markers are all normal now, but there are several lymph nodes in his abdomen (retroperitoneum), mediastinum, and near his clavicle that still look suspicious on the CT scans. We were told that Trey has to have a RPLND (retroperitoneal lymph node dissection) surgery to remove several lymph nodes to determine if it is fibrous (scar) tissue, teratomas, or if in fact there is still cancer present. If there is still cancer present he will undergo two more cycles of chemotherapy.

It a very major and complicated surgery. It is a surgery that only a few urological oncology surgeons perform in the US with expertise. We will be headed out to Indiana University, which is the Mecca for testicular cancer (and also where Lance Armstrong was treated) to have the surgery done by Dr. Foster who does hundreds of these surgeries a year. The cost of this surgery is very expensive and Trey is uninsured. He was denied for both Medicaid and disability. We are receiving some assistance through some local private sector chartites, but cancer is very expensive.

The purpose for this fundraiser is to help us cover the out of pocket expenses for the surgery, hospital stay, and lodging in Indianapolis. We appreciate any and all donations that are made to help Trey through this next challenge. Thank you all.

“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight. Like. Hell.” - Lance Armstrong

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