On May 8, 2015, our whole lives changed. I thought it was a normal Friday night, but receiving the phone call that your father was being rushed to the emergency room after a normal routine scan changed my family’s life. He was brought to Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ. A mass on the left side of my father’s brain was found, and they wanted to do surgery immediately to remove what they could. The following Tuesday surgery was completed, and we received news about a week later that my father had Glioblastoma Multiforme. My father finished one round of radiation, and twelve rounds of chemo. With the support of our family and friends, my father has been receiving treatment at MD Anderson and Duke University Medical Center. The doctors at Duke University Medical Center working on the poliovirus clinical trial have been monitoring his progress and treatment every month and half for almost 2 years. On April 6, 2017, I got another dreaded call from my parents while they were getting a checkup at Duke University Medical Center stating that a regrowth of my father’s tumor was found. The following week, my father had surgery and the polio virus infusion. His strength and determination cannot even be put into words.
My father, Michael Jensen is 56 years old with five children: Ashley and Michael twenty-seven, Matthew twenty-six, and Alicia and Sean twenty. Michael has been fighting this cancer for almost a two years now, and he has shown our family and friends what strength means. He is not going to let this win. We are not sure what the future holds for my father, but we know with further brain cancer and brain tumor research like what is being done at Duke University Medical Center is very important. Without Duke and all the research they are doing, my father would have limited options currently, but this research has given our family hope that my father could eventually live a healthier life without brain cancer. My family and I need my father for many years to come, and all we hope for one day is for him to have a cancer free life. I thank you for any support you give whether it is a donation or becoming a teammate.
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