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My brother, Jason Galloway, has been sick for some time. On January 16, 2020 he began coughing up blood and a CT scan showed a two inch mass and several other smaller nodules, mainly in his left lung. He had a bronchoscopy and PET scan soon after. At first, the doctors felt it may have been a "nasty infection", so Jason was started on strong antibiotics. After three weeks the mass was still there, so a biopsy and bronchoscopy were done on Thursday, February 27. There were complications during the procedure which led to hospitalization at Moore Regional Hospital (Pinehurst, NC). The next day, we were given a diagnosis of MRSA. Since then, Jason has struggled with low oxygen levels, and low blood and platelet counts, with no answer on where the blood loss might be coming from. During his hospital stay, he was also diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Finally it was determined that surgery was needed, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 11. That surgery was called off due to low platelet counts. On Sunday, March 15, Jason was moved from Moore Regional to UNC Memorial Hospital (Chapel Hill, NC). Surgery was finally performed on Tuesday, March 17, to drain fluid from the lung. On Wednesday, March 18, another bronchoscopy was performed and another diagnosis was given: stage 4 adenocarcinoma, which is the most common lung cancer among people who never smoked. Treatment will most likely include another surgery and either immunotherapy or chemotherapy. Jason is a CNA who works third shift in the memory care unit of a nursing home, but he has been out of work since mid-February, and will be out of work for the foreseeable future. He does have health insurance, but a three-week and counting hospital stay between two different hospitals, a number of procedures, surgery, and future surgery and treatment has put and will put a financial strain on Jason and his family. Anyone who knows Jason knows that he would do anything he could to help anyone. Prayers and words of encouragement are greatly appreciated.