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Please consider making a gift to the Testis Cancer Research Fund at the IU School of Medicine/IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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In April of this year, I was experiencing back pain and noticed a weird lump. Immediately, I scheduled an appointment with a urologist who determined further testing was necessary. An ultrasound revealed a tumor. Two days later I was in surgery to remove the tumor and testicle for a biopsy. After waiting about a week, my worst fear became my reality for the next several months. It was confirmed that I had testicular cancer. 

While my prognosis was good, I was very scared but tried to remain hopeful. I met with Dr. Lawrence Einhorn an oncologist at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. I didn't know it at the time, but people travel from around the world to be treated by Dr. Einhorn. I felt very relieved to have him in my own back yard in Indianapolis. 

After starting a treatment plan consisting of 3 rounds of chemotherapy for 9 weeks, everything was going well. Toward the end of my chemo, Dr. Einhorn shared with me that I was in remission, but while reviewing my pathology report 3 experts had agreed there was a small percentage that I had a form of testicular cancer called PNET. They recommend I have an additional procedure to make sure cancer had not spread to my lymph nodes. I agreed to the surgery because I wanted the cancer out of my body. 

On August 31st I had a successful surgery that determined the cancer had not spread. I was declared cancer free! Besides routine follow-ups, I get to live a normal life now. 

Although my journey with cancer has been short in months, I realize that without the research conducted at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center by Dr. Einhorn and his colleagues, I would not be where I am today. Research has made testicular cancer a very curable disease. This is why I would like to ask for your support of the Testis Cancer Research Fund at the IU School of Medicine/IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Your support means so much to me. Thank you!

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