Shaun Jacquard needs the Peace’s support. Jacquard is a father of two and a father fighting to extend his life.
On October 3, 2018 the family was given the news that Shaun, at the young age of 38, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Synovial Sarcoma. The cancer is in his right lung and has grown into his chest cavity.
To date Shaun and wife Monica have had to travel to Vancouver multiple times for medical appointments and he has had to do six cycles of inpatient chemotherapy in Vancouver.
This area doesn’t have any oncologists or offer this inpatient treatment. Each cycle was a week long and took them away from their two children, 15 year old Ethan and four year old Felix.
Aftr chemotherapy Shaun and Monica had to return to Vancouver for 5 weeks of outpatient radiation, again being away from his kids. Shaun is so close to his children and it makes things worse being away from family.
Prior to radiation, Shaun found out that surgery is not an option for treatment and he was deemed palliative, with an unknown amount of time left in his life, all dependent on how the cancer responds to treatment. Best they hope for is that any treatment at least stops the cancer from growing, shrinking it would be amazing. The chemotherapy did shrink some of the tumour, but during the wait for radiation two other nodules grew and one is now 12cm in diameter. Radiation only shrunk the targeted tumour a bit.
“On July 15 Shaun found out that one of the two chemo pills he could take was denied funding. Another round of inpatient chemotherapy would give too many dangerous side effects as he isn’t as strong as he was for the first treatment,” says wife Monica.
“He is able to get a second chemo pill however he only has coverage for 3 months. If the pill doesn’t work then the oncologist gives him only months to live. If the pill works but he can’t afford to purchase any more because his benefits will be maximized then he is back to have months to live.”
While waiting for this treatment to start, the Fort St. John resident has been admitted to hospital multiple times due to extreme uncontrollable pain.
“We are just trying to stop the growth and extend his life and comfort."
Funds raised will help the family pay for Shaun’s chemotherapy pills which will hopefully extend his life and give him a better quality of life so he can spend it with his family. Shaun has been off work since the end of his inpatient chemotherapy treatment and Shaun’s wife Monica has been off work for over a year on her own medical leave.
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