A group of friends have come together to raise lifesaving funds for father-of-five Jason Miller.
The Jason Miller Friends Trust was set up to help the family man who was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer.
Treatment is expensive and there is no insurance to cover the cost, so the Miller family have been using their savings to pay the expenses but the Dubliner’s best friends are hoping to ease the burden off the family.
The group set up a GoFundMe page and wrote: “In March 2018, Jason was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer, one of the toughest cancers with a five year survival rate of around five percent.
“Since then Jason has been incredibly brave! He has fought this cancer with every possible treatment here in Ireland including radiation, chemotherapy and the removal of his oesophagus.
“We thought he had beaten it for a year, but in November 2020 Jason’s cancer returned and he is now classed as Stage 4 with metastasis tumours in his lungs and stomach.
“Jason has remained incredibly strong, we know that advances in treatment are constantly moving forward and at some stage in the future we hope cancer treatment will outpace the disease.”
Jason’s friends and family are devastated and explain the situation as an “emotional rollercoaster”.
Miller celebrated his twentieth wedding anniversary to Sandra last year and the pair have five beautiful daughters aged between 11 and 23.
“Jason has explored all available treatment options in Ireland. For another person this might have been the end of the road but not for Jason. Together with his wife Sandra they have researched treatments from around the world,” the friends wrote on the fundraising page.
“They found an innovative new treatment to ‘stop his tumours driver mutations’ in Germany where he is under the care of Professor Lars Zender, one of Germany’s top oncologists.
“This treatment is keeping Jason alive. He currently attends treatment in Germany on average three weeks in every five.
“As you can imagine this is a tough physical, financial and emotional journey for everyone but Jason is incredibly positive and so motivated to continue the fight for himself and also to advance treatment options for others who suffer from this disease.”
The goal is to raise €250,000 through a series of fundraising activities to provide for two years of care.
The fundraiser reads: “Jason has been so brave throughout. He has continued to work as much as possible to provide for his family. His job as ‘super dad and husband’ in a house full of girls is never neglected.
“He remains unbelievably positive and is so generous with his time helping a number of other cancer patients through their journey.
“But at this point he really needs our help. We can not let the treatment stop! Please donate what you can to help Jason and his family and to help advance how we treat this terrible disease.
“Cancer can also be isolating; your support with positive messages would also really help keep the positive energy going for Jason, Sandra and the five girls.”
You can donate to the fundraiser here.
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