23-Year-Old Student Denied Coverage For His Cancer Treatment Will Receive First Treatment Thanks To Funds Raised By His Community On Crowdrise But There Is Still A Ways To Go.
Manny Alvarez, 23, was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma. A cancer that, according to his doctors, is more rare than being struck by lightening. There is hope, however, for young Manny. In Manny’s treatment, a large tumor was removed in his knee. His doctors then analyzed his tumor and discovered a new combination of drugs that knocked out the cancer cells. The only hitch, is that his insurance company, Florida Blue, denied coverage for the treatment which costs over $266,000 for only the first two cycles.
In light of this news, Manny’s community took to CrowdRise to help him raise the funds necessary to cover this treatment. In just a short amount of time they have raised over $130,000 and are nearly 40% at their goal. As a result, Manny is able to start his first round of treatment. His family released the following statement:
In response to the incredible outpour of support we have received from our community, family and friends, Manny can start his first treatment. Because Manny’s treatment will likely require more than two cycles, our efforts to raise funds will continue. We are in awe of the generosity that has been bestowed on us in the last couple days. Thank you so much for the continued prayers and support.
In spite of everything, Manny remains positive, telling NBC Miami overcome it, I’m still running.
For more information or to donate to his care, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/mannyalvarezfromheartbreaktohope
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