Help save Jayme Chmiliar with a vote to get treatment for rare form of cancer

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Brenda Chmiliar has written an essay that no one should ever have to write, but it is one you should absolutely take time to read.

The Maple Ridge mother of two is doing everything she can to help her husband, Jayme, who is suffering from Stage 4 cancer. Jayme’s cancer is a rare one called Sarcomatoid Myoepithelial Carcinoma and the outlook for successful treatment by traditional methods is not promising.

As with most families facing a crisis of health, successful treatment often depends on access to alternative treatments and the ability to pay for them. Given the rarity of his cancer, alternative treatments are costly and the odds of their success are relatively unknown.

Brenda came across the “BX Essay Contest”, a contest where the winner receives treatment of cancer through BX Protocal (a $17,000 USD value). The winner of the contest is based in part on public voting of the Top 20 essays, of which Brenda’s is one.

Brenda’s written words are sincere and heartbreaking.

They say that cancer isn’t contagious, but we are all feeling the symptoms and it has even began spreading outside our family into our circle of friends. No one other than my husband is going to show an active PETscan, but that does not mean that what we are feeling is not caused from my husband’s cancer. We know as well that we are not the only family learning to deal with all of this but it doesn’t make it any easier. We are all collectively confused, scared and completely lost

Even though she realizes her husband is in a fight for his life, she doesn’t lose track of the fact that the other 19 families that are participating in the contest are going through as painful a time as her family.

What qualifies him to receive a scholarship? Nothing more than anyone else who has entered into this contest, in dire need of help and hope where all other avenues have been stripped away. He is a father, a husband, a brother, an uncle, a friend like every other candidate that has been dealt this awful hand.

He doesn’t think, he is any more deserving either and if it was not for us I think he would have accepted his fate and conceded long ago. He wants to be here for our two boys, and for me, so he carries on despite, having difficulty swallowing and breathing as the tumour has taken up so much space it is squeezing his throat. However, he will not do anything that will put us further into debt on the chance that it may not save him, and would instead have a lasting negative impact on us after he is gone, so I am sitting here trying to finds some way write a compelling essay to win him a chance.

It is heartbreaking that in this competition, all of the losers will probably meet the same fate, they will not just lose the contest but they will probably lose their lives.

Visit the BX Protocol contest page to vote for Jayme. Your vote could save his life and, at the very least, provide a glimmer of hope for the Chmiliar family. The deadline for voting is January 31, 2016.

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