Donations requested to aid cancer patient's fight
by Staff Report
Sep 01, 2013 | 2481 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
According to Yvonne Solomon, her 60-year-old husband Mickey Solomon had always been the picture of health until 2010 when everything changed. Six weeks after noticing Mickey was feeling unwell, he suffered a stroke, renal failure and was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer.

The cancer had spread to his spine, rib cage, pelvis and some of his lymph nodes.

During this time, Mickey began radiation treatment which took its toll on his body. In a three-week period, he went from weighing 213 pounds to 165 pounds.

To supplement the traditional medical treatment used to fight the cancer, Yvonne and Mickey began adding alternative treatments which are costly and not covered by medical insurance.

“We have made many choices and sacrifices so he could have what he needed,” said Yvonne.

In March what Mickey thought was a pulled muscle in his back actually was found to be two compression fractures, caused by complications of the bone metastasis. This combined with another bout with renal failure caused Mickey to return to the hospital.

To give support to his spine, he underwent surgery in May which removed part of the tumor in his back and added cement to his spine. The procedure was intended to lessen his pain and give him more mobility. However, this was unsuccessful and he is now wheelchair bound.

The couple has found an alternative clinic in Clearwater, Fla., that they believe has had much success treating late-stage cancer patients. After consulting with the doctor, Mickey needs six to eight weeks of treatment there. The couple is asking for donations to help him get that care.

Mickey slipped into a coma on Friday night. His wife remains hopeful, not only for a cure to the cancer but also that they will have many more years to spend together.

“Mickey’s fight is not just against cancer and it’s not just for health. We are fighting for his life and we need your help and support.”