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The family and friends of Orza Leroy Waterman are raising money to pay for his medical expenses.

The family of Orza Leroy Waterman is trying to raise funds to cover his medical expenses. Leroy was diagnosed with 2 seperate brain tumors on May 3, 2012.

He has been out of work for the last 18 months due to his vision loss. After seeing several different medical doctors and eye doctors, one finally sent him for an MRI where the tumors were found. He has no health insurance.

The larger of the 2 tumors was located in his olfactory groove between the halves of the brain in his frontal lobe. It measured 6.3 cm x 5.8 cm x 4.1 cm. On May 31, 2012 Leroy underwent the first surgery to remove this tumor. It lasted 17 and 1/2 hours, and still the surgeons were not able to remove the entire tumor. It is wrapped too tightly around his arteries, to be safely removed. Leroy will now have to undergo radiation treatments to remove the remainder. He may or may not get his vision back, but the doctors are optimistic that some will be restored, but it could take up to 18 months to know if this will happen. The MRI also showed a second tumor in his sinus cavity directly under the larger tumor measuring 3.9 cm x 3.1 cm x 1.7 cm. This tumor will require an additional surgery once Leroy has recovered from the first surgery and has unergone the radiation treatments. The closest surgeon capable of operating on this type of tumor is in Denver, 120 miles away from his home. Leroy was in the hospital for 22 days with the first operation. He is home now but is still going to occupational, speech and physical therapies. He is unable to be by himself, and requires 24/7 care to ensure that he takes all the correct medications, and does not fall, or have a seizure. His family is tryng to raise the money to pay for his medical expenses, as well as travel costs associated with traveling to Denver for his care. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. If you would rather send a check you can send it payable to

Orza Waterman
C/O Patricia Waterman
1603 Iroquois Road
Pueblo, Colorado 81001

To recieve updates on his progress you can find both Orza and his wife Patricia on facebook. Or you can follow his progress on twitter @patricia_w497.

Thank you for your support and God Bless.

Orza and Patricia Waterman
Elizabeth and Nathan Neathery
Amanda Waterman
Cody Waterman
Samantha Waterman
Virginia Hill
Jerry and Linda Randolph
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