Cleveland, Texas 77327
Father of 2
Stepfather of 1
April, 2003. At first, it was just rumors, Suddenly instruments monitoring the air above the living
facilities of the civilian employees of KBR in Kuwait appeared It was hush, hush, and
rumors were flying. Slowly the story leaked out, toxic dump. Everyone knew, but the
higher ups weren?t giving out any information, or encouraging speculation by anyone.
When he found out about the toxic waste dump that he was living on top of, he
wondered if it would have consequences on him and his friends in the future.
After 8 years, Randy came home from Kuwait in April of 2011, with severe and debilitating pain
and exhaustion. At first, I felt that the 3 hour bus ride from my apartment to the military
base where I worked, the one hour wait on the bus, the 10 to 12 hour work day and the
3 hour return ride back home was the cause. Who can exist on only a few hours sleep
a night, day after day? Could he just not cut it anymore? Randy asked for some sort of relief
in the routine a number of times, and after being denied every time, he decided he couldn?t
take this schedule any longer and quit to come home. That was a big mistake.
Because he quit voluntarily, he not only was without a job, but he lost his health insurance,
and was not eligible for unemployment insurance. Presently on food stamps, they
struggle with the payments of the necessities of life, like electricity, water, gasoline to get
to doctor's appointments. Their funds are depleted.
After being home a few weeks, he was rushed to the emergency room in pain, given
tests, and received the diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer. Surgery was scheduled and
half of his colon was removed. You?ll have to have chemo and possibly radiation, he
was told, but only after the incision is healed. His wife, Lynne, who is also a CNA,
packed and repacked gauze into the opening daily to keep it draining. Two months later,
it was still not healed, and it was taking more and more gauze to pack it. I think it?s
getting bigger, not better, Lynne cried. At this point, he had lost close to 50 pounds,
and couldn?t walk 20 feet without gasping for breath.
On June 21, he returned to have the incision re-opened, sutured and stapled closed
once again, hoping this would relieve his constant pain.
How would they pay for all his surgeries, medications and treatments? Angels land on
your shoulder when you least expect it, and they come from out of nowhere. Out of the
blue, his good buddy Jason, who is still working overseas, volunteered to pay the $600
monthly premium for COBRA insurance out of his own pocket, for as long as he had a
job, and for as long as Randy needed it. Randy and Lynne were stunned, and Randy
had to put aside his pride and accept this wonderful friend?s offer, but unsure of how
long his good friend could afford to pay for the premiums. Lynne immediately tried MD Anderson
Cancer Center, but was told that they were not in the insurer?s network and they wouldn?t accept him.
Other angels were soon to fly in with the names of Joana Esteves and Mark Roden,
who are the owners of JoMar Visions Studios in Houston. They told Lynne and Randy
about Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski?s cancer treatment that he developed, and that has been
proven to cure certain cancers. How fortunate that Dr. Burzynski is located right here in
Houston. Because this is an alternative medicine treatment, it is not covered by
Randy?s health insurance. What to do?
JoMar Visions Studios offered the use of their studios for an art auction benefit to
raise money for Randy?s treatment at Burzynski?s Cancer Clinic, and over 74 artists
donated art to the auction that was held on July 23, 2011.
Dr. Bruzynski?s son and a spokesperson, along with the producers of the video detailing
the treatment and Dr. Bruzynski?s tireless efforts over the past 30 years to get this
treatment approved, were at the art auction benefit. They presented the video, spoke
on the subject of the treatment, and answered questions from interested parties.
Unfortunately, only $2,000 was raised, and we have a long way to go to reach the minimum
cost of treatment, which is $35,000.
Under the care of a different Oncologist, Randy is presently hospitalized and undergoing chemotherapy.
He has lost 67 pounds since being diagnosed in April, and suffering all the side effects of chemo. It is a roller coaster ride, and on bad days he wants to let himself go, but his wife Lynne is holding him to his promise
to keep fighting. She knows she cannot let him to continue to suffer, and the day will come when
she will release him from his promise..
As to the question of whether the toxic waste dump that Randy slept, ate, and worked on
over the years, is responsible for Randy?s cancer, who knows, and how can it be proven.?
We all know someone that has been impacted by cancer in some form or another. We have suffered
with them, and for them. We have stood by helplessly, and have not known what to do or how to help.
We are fighting for a life, and would like you to join in this fight with us. He is a man who in the past, has given the last penny in his pockets to help others. A generous, gentle giant, who is putting aside his pride and
allowing us to ask for help on his behalf. Lynne and Randy are truly soul mates, and they wonder now that
they have found each other, why this is happening to them. Lynne's first husband died in her arms of
cancer, and now is having to go through it a second time.