Friends and family are rallying around a 25-year-old Richmond resident, who has just been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain cancer.
Just a few weeks ago, Matt Jones – after experiencing a number of unexplained seizures - was hospitalized and underwent a biopsy and MRI.
Unfortunately, the diagnosis confirmed that he had glioblastoma, a life-limiting brain cancer.
According to the GoFundMe page set up by a relative of Matt, the family are understandably “devastated” by the news, especially since the family lost their mother, Carolyn Reimer Jones, in December 2019.
“Matt is still experiencing seizures and his medication has been increased significantly to help manage them,” reads the fundraising post.
“Matt will need to immediately undergo intensive radiation and chemotherapy, and potentially surgery in the near future.
“Unfortunately the tumour’s specific location in Matt’s brain makes surgery a last resort. The hope is that these various treatments will slow progression of the cancer and reduce signs and symptoms.”
With Matt needing to focus on his treatment, the fundraiser is hoping to raise $50,000 to help “the family with costs associated with lost wages, a second car needed to transport him to his intensive radiation and chemotherapy sessions in Vancouver, hire potential various home support services, help pay for potential accommodation closer to VGH and support Matt to fulfill dreams and wishes he has yet to realize.”
The fundraiser has already managed to gather more than $20,000.