This past July after a series of tests it was discovered that I have the beginning stages of prostate cancer.
Apparently, prostate cancer runs in my family. My father and two uncles receive treatment and have been cancer free.
I currently live in the country of Latvia as a missionary. I do not have health insurance and to even try to get treatment in the United States would be enormously expensive without any insurance.
I instead get the treatment here in Latvia so I can be close to my family and friends. Latvia does have the latest advancements in prostate cancer treatment. I decided to start treatment in November after my United States ministry tour. In November I would go through different consultations to see what the best treatment option would be for me.
Of course, this isn't free and I'm unqualified to get a reduction in cost because I'm not a Latvian citizen. I was told that my cancer treatment would range between $10 to $15,000. The options before me are radiation, chemo, laser surgery, or complete removal of the prostate. Because it's just beginning I do not want to go for the removal of the prostate.
So this fundraiser is to raise the needed funds for my treatment. I will admit I am somewhat nervous and unsettled and have never raised funds for medical situations before. But I want to be able to tackle this while it is just beginning. I've been in the country of Latvia for 12 years and I believe there's so much work still to be done here. Thank you for your time in reading this. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
David Michael Carrillo