Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Friends and family members of Jose Saenz of Mabton are being encouraged to turn out this coming Saturday for a spaghetti feed fundraising dinner at the Sunnyside Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge.
Three months ago, say family members, their world was turned upside down when Mr. Saenz was diagnosed with cancer. Since then, they add, they have learned more than they ever thought they wanted to know about the disease.
Sophie Martin, one of Saenz's daughters, said in the effort to learn what they could do to help their father fight the disease, the family found that patients who use a holistic approach have the highest survival rate.
The quest to prolong Mr. Saenz's life led the family to the Seattle Cancer Treatment Center of America. In addition to receiving conventional medicine, Mr. Saenz is also receiving unconventional treatments that have shown to be successful in beating cancer. His biological therapy consists of a pill that he takes daily, something he will probably continue to do for months to come.
Family members say Mr. Saenz's treatments are unaffordable for most people, but especially for someone on a fixed income. His medical insurance covers his conventional treatments and part of the chemotherapy medications, which cost about $8,000 a month. His insurance doesn't, though, cover his naturopathic care, nor the trips he must make to Seattle several times each month.
To help offset some of those expenses, friends and family members are hosting the Saturday, Aug. 21, spaghetti feed at the Eagles lodge in Sunnyside. It is scheduled to be held from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Along with the dinner, there will be a dance and a small auction this Saturday. Admission to the event is on a donation basis.
Family members say all proceeds raised at Saturday's function will be used to pay for the cancer treatment, necessary vitamins and minerals, and transportation expenses to Seattle.
The 66-year-old Mabton man is the father of six children and he has 19 grandchildren.