In early September, 2012 Noel Pagan underwent neuro-surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center to remove a Clivl Chordorma—a cancerous bone tumor rooted in the base of the skull. The team of three skilled neurosurgeons spent nine hours endoscopically removing the tumor which was ultimately discovered to a bit larger than a tennis ball and dangerously close to causing Noel irreparable damage to his brain and spinal cord. Truly, nothing short of a miracle.
After an eight-week recovery period, Noel now needs to undergo eight weeks of daily radiation at a treatment center in Princeton, NJ that specializes in these types of aggressive tumors. Following that, he will have a second surgery in January to remove his Thyroid.
Through all this, the family has gratefully been supported by their community with meals and childcare to help lighten the daily load. However, what began as a routine visit to the doctor regarding sinus congestion, has turned into obviously so much more. Assuming there are no more setbacks, Noel will have been out of work for almost six months by the time this is all over. Through his recovery from surgery, nursing him through the anticipated side effects from radiation and then a second surgery, it has been close to impossible for Tracey to work, as well. The financial burden on the family is simply overwhelming. They need help. This web page has been set up to do just that.
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