At the age of 9 months, Gioi and Maggie’s perfect, cheerful, bouncing baby boy was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. It is a childhood cancer that he spent the next three years fighting with chemotherapy, surgeries, sedation, infections, invasive tests and way too many Pokes. Thankfully, he is now surviving and thriving and shows no evidence of growth or spread of the Cancer, as of his last tests in March 2016.
This past May, his dad, Gioi was diagnosed at the tender age of 37 with Advanced Stage T3 Prostate Cancer. The staging has been updated after his Radical Prostatectomy Surgery revealed Lymph involvement. Now it is considered advanced Stage 4 Prostate Cancer. We have options for treatment at this point, none of them easy, but he is confident and prepared to beat this thing! The help and support of family and friends is so appreciated and necessary.
As of November, Gioi’s wife Maggie is also fighting her own Cancer. Stage 4 Colon Cancer that has metastasized to her liver. Our little family is literally in the fight of our lives. Maggie’s proposed treatment begins with 4 rounds of Chemotherapy, hoping to shrink the liver tumors enough to be removed with sugery, the original Colon tumor will also be removed and the Colon rejoined, hopefully without need for a permanent Colostomy bag. Currently the Colon tumor is being pushed out of the way with a Stent to make eating and passing stool possible for her.
Gioi is a caring father, loving husband, cherished son and brother, and just the nicest guy you could ever meet. It is so unfair that he has been stricken with this disease, after fighting it so long second hand their our son. Not that anyone deserves to be sick, but he is the last person who deserves this!
As they struggle to keep up with our children’s’ hospital bills, these new diagnoses weigh heavily on their minds for financial reasons as well. Gioi has continued working, through pain and discomfort, to provide for his wife, son and baby. They hesitated to ask for anything, and never wanted to fund raise during their son’s fight, but understand they need our help now. Please help this precious family today.