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10/16/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
In May 2014, Bret was diagnosed with choridal melanoma, a rare eye cancer. Bret had immediate radiation treatment but the tumor resisted any sort of change.
He was carefully monitored for one year, and the tumor finally began shrinking. However, by the end of the first year Bret’s eye had to be removed. During this time, Bret’s liver was in danger of the eye cancer spreading. He had MRIs and liver ultra sounds every six months and blood tests every three months.
In April, 2016, the regularly scheduled MRI showed something was amiss in his liver, but the test was considered inconclusive. A follow up MRI, biopsy and PET scan confirmed melanoma and seven metastasized tumors in his liver.
Bret's oncologist told him that there is nothing that can be done as there are too many quickly growing tumors Bret refuses to accept the doctor’s diagnosis and has been researching alternative, holistic approaches.
He has changed his lifestyle dramatically by eating a raw organic diet which includes juicing, elimination of all alcohol, sugar and all processed foods. He is also exercising daily and working to maintain a positive outlook. He is determined to beat this cancer. Thus, Bret's Hope sprang eternal!
Bret has discovered a promising treatment called Rigvir Viro Therapy which is an oncolytic virotherapy medicine which finds and destroys tumor cells. It was founded in the small country of Latvia and is approved for cancer treatment all over the world with the exception of the United States.
With clinics in Mexico, Germany and Latvia, Bret has new hope that he can undergo this natural, effective treatment without the horrible side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Bret is also researching other methods of treatment and his bridge will be updated periodically with his progress.
A private account has been set up for Bret for those that wish to support and help with his treatment. GoFundMe accounts lose 8% so our hope is to fundraise this way - more effectively with every dollar going for treatment.
So visit a Wells Fargo bank near you and give them account #2479645091 under Bret D. Kane. Our goal is $45,000 by November 5th.
Your love, hope, support and caring will add a needed benefit to Bret's journey. Thank you for taking this journey with him.