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The family and friends of Brad Zech are uniting to raise money to help with his battle against cancer. Please show your support!

My dad, Brad Zech, was diagnosed with stage III supraglottic larynx cancer in November of 2011. That means that he has a tumor on his voice box and his vocal chord on the right side isn't moving at all. He only speaks in whispers now and is in the process of taking chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Omaha, NE at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. We chose Methodist because there are complications with dad's tumor - it is located on his iritinoid, which means it is sitting between his esophagus and his windpipe. The tumor was large enough in the beginning to restrict his airway and we have had a couple of close calls where he couldn't breathe properly. Now the tumor has shrunk enough to allow him to breathe, but the doctors say that as the tissue in his throat swells from the radiation, it may become an issue again. Methodist is said to be one of the best cancer centers in the nation, so we're hoping that they can cure him. Cure is our goal!

Dad has had three surgeries to prepare his body for treatment already and is now in week 3 of a 7 week program.

He didn't have insurance when he was diagnosed, and fortunately, was able to get PCIP coverage starting in January. However, this program is expensive and is rejecting many claims. The copay for what they do cover is excessive. He also has new prescriptions to fill each week, the cost of driving to Omaha (180 miles away), and other living expenses to deal with. This battle is draining him emotionally and financially. I would like to take the worry of medical bills away from him.

Thank you all for your donations, support, and most importantly prayers. I believe in miracles and pray for one each day.

God bless,
Hillary Zech

Dad would love to hear from you - any cards or letters would be a real blessing to him. If you would like to send a card or prefer to mail a donation in the form of a check, please send to the attention of:
Brad Zech
PO Box 163
Ravenna, NE 68869
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