Adding life saving science to the film
Jay Lake's cancer has not responded as well as hoped for during his current (3rd) full round of chemotherapy.
Jay's friends and fans have raised money to have his tumor subjected to what is called "whole genome sequencing." During Jay's surgery next week to remove at least three tumors, samples will be preserved for analysis and sequencing. The expense of this sequencing, which could unlock the secret of how to defeat Jay's cancer is enormous. Because it is so new, it is not included in current cancer treatment protocols and, hence, is not covered by insurance.
Jay's medical fundraiser has raised the money needed for this sequencing, have it expedited, and analyzed. Time is quite literally of the essence.
Part of our stretch goal on this campaign is to include this in our documentary as much as we can.
This is an example of a budget expense we did not and could not have predicted when filming began. This is also an example of where every dollar of this campaign really does make a difference.
Some of the money pledged over our basic goal is already being committed to important enhancements to the film.
We think filming this critical aspect of Jay's care is our next important target.
We are communicating with the lab in southern California to schedule interviews with scientists and a tour of the facilities. They are eager to work with us. We believe that if this sequencing does in fact lead to a cure that saves Jay Lake's life that we must include it in the film and also help raise awareness until this process is included as a part of standard care for cancer patients.
You could help us make this film even more important than it is.
Thank you so much for your help-- we are pouring all of it back into the film.
Every dollar adds up.