Please give my Dad a second chance at life by approving his chemotherapy medication to help him fight Multiple Myeloma.
  • Petitioned Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
CA State Insurance Commissioner
Dave Jones

Please give my Dad a second chance at life by approving his chemotherapy medication to help him fight Multiple Myeloma.

    1. Sydnii Ray
    2. Petition by

      Sydnii Ray

      Chowchilla, CA

My parents, Gary and Kelle Ray, are self-employed, hardworking, and loving parents of three. My sister, brother, and I have been lucky to have been blessed with such wonderful role models. My dad was a dairy farmer in Chowchilla, CA for 20 years, following the career path of my grandpa and great-grandpa.

My dad is 47 years old and three weeks ago he was diagnosed with stage three Multiple Myeloma. Multiple Myeloma is a type of bone cancer that starts in the plasma cells and forms lesions. My dad has lesions on many of his bones including his spine, hip, femurs, skull, and fibula. These lesions are painful and cause his bones to be extremely weakened. 

His diagnosis came as a complete shock to our family and friends. Since March 6th, my dad and mom have been fighting tirelessly to recieve the approval of our insurance company, Anthem Blue Cross, so that he can begin chemotherapy and recieve the necessary medication to assist in Pain Management.

After his release from Stanford Medical Hospital on March 17th, my dad has been at home fighting the excruciating pain associated with Multiple Myeloma, with no chance of healing unless he recieves treatment. My mom has been at his side, doing her best to keep him comfortable. As a result of his condition, my father has stopped working completely and my mother has drastically reduced her hours. My little brother is trying his best to help out and still finish his senior year of high school. I am weeks away from finishing out my semester of college at the University of San Diego so that I can return home to be with my family again.

We have been loyal customers to Blue Cross Health Insurance for many years, and are shocked that they have been so unresponsive at the time when we need them the most. The treatment that every oncologist has prescribed is a drug known as Velcade, which is an aggressive form of chemotherapy that can stop the cancer from weakening my dad's bones any further. As a result of the high cost of the drug, the insurance company has denied him coverage. Due to his young age, his chances of the therapy being successful are very high. I hate to see my dad in so much pain and I need your support to convince Anthem Blue Cross to give my dad, Gary, the chance to sit in the stands and see his only son graduate from high school and to walk his daughters down the aisle at their weddings. I can't make this happen without your support!

I am not a radical person, I just care deeply about my family. I am trying to help my parents in any way that I can. Velcade is approved for individuals who recieve Medical, but since my parents work hard every day and have created their own small businesses, they don't qualify for to this type of insurance. Instead, they are paying high premiums for a company that is supposed to do their part when medical emergencies arise. Help me hold Anthem Blue Cross to their promise by signing this petition and getting our story heard.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or words of support. My email is sydniiray@yahoo.com and my mom, Kelle Ray, can be reached at kray7771@gmail.com

To:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Dave Jones, CA State Insurance Commissioner
Please give Gary Ray a second chance at life by approving his chemotherapy and pain management medication to help him fight Multiple Myeloma. Gary is very young for this type of cancer. He has a fighting chance with your help and it is the right thing to do.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Update on my Dad's condition

      Sydnii Ray
      Petition Organizer

      My dad went back to Stanford 2 weeks ago because his pain at home became unmanageable. After nine days, he was rushed into emergency surgery to alleviate the compression on his spinal cord. After his surgery, his pain was so much less! He is back at home now and we are waiting to hear how he is responding to the chemotherapy that he received while at the hospital. A big thank you to everyone who has come by, emailed, or called expressing your concern and support, we are very grateful!

      We will be having a fundraiser dinner to help cover some of the medical expenses. It will be hosted on May 24th in Chowchilla. The dinner will have a live auction, be catered by Hot City BBQ in Los Banos, a bar hosted by the Lion's Club, and live country music! The tickets will be $50 a person and all of the proceeds will be going to my Dad's treatment. If you are interested in buying a ticket or making a donation to the live auction feel free to send me an email! Sydniiray@yahoo.com

    2. 5,000 signatures and a good day for our family!

      Sydnii Ray
      Petition Organizer

      We have finally reached 5,000! I know that the goal on the petition has automatically adjusted now that it has reached the 5,000 mark, and this just means that it will stay live and be able to grow as it is passed around. More signatures is never a bad thing! My initial goal was 5,000 before we sent it out anywhere, but I don't know that this will be enough people to make the insurance company budge. (I have high hopes!) Our plan is to move forward at this point with drafting the report on our specific insurance policy and highlighting the areas that are causing Anthem Blue Cross to play the role of the doctor in deciding what treatments are necessary and which are not.

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. Wonderful Job everyone!

      Sydnii Ray
      Petition Organizer

      You are all doing so well sharing the petition and passing it forward. Please keep up the good work and we will have exceeded our goal in no time at all! Some of you have asked what we plan to do with the petition or if it is going to make a difference, and so far my plan is to have an attorney review the specifics of our insurance policy, write a report, print the petition, and send the two (along with all of the other necessary documentation) to the insurance commissioner of CA. Our file will be treated as a complaint against Anthem Blue Cross and hopefully force them to make some changes in their policy and practice.

      As far as my Dad's condition:
      He is currently being treated at Stanford Medical Hospital. Since he is an in-patient, the insurance has no say in what procedures are taken and doctors were able to give him his dose of Velcade (along with other medications). We are happy to be stepping in the right direction.

      Thanks for the continued support! Best
      Sydnii Ray

    5. Reached 4,000 signatures
    6. Thank you everyone!

      Sydnii Ray
      Petition Organizer

      My Dad's story will be featured on ABC 30 tonight. He is currently being checked in at Stanford because his pain level is too high at home. The bright side of this is that he can get the medicine he needs while he is considered an in-patient. Thank you all for allowing this petition to reach 2000, let's keep up the good work and show him how many people are pushing for him to get better!

    7. Reached 2,000 signatures
    8. 1500 SIGNATURES!

      Sydnii Ray
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, thank you everyone who has shown their support thus far. I can't believe we have 1500 signatures over the span of 18 hours. Keep up the wonderful pace and pass this along to your friends and family via Facebook and email. Don't forget to have every member of your family sign as well! I appreciate every single one of you. My Dad's oncologist has just finished sending in our second appeal to the insurance company, Anthem Blue Cross, so that they can approve his medication. If this appeal is also turned down, we will be needing you guys to help us gain attention to the matter more than ever.

    9. Reached 1,500 signatures
    10. Gaining speed!

      Sydnii Ray
      Petition Organizer

      I am so overwhelmed by your love and support for my family! Keep the signatures and shares coming. We are so grateful to each and every one of you for taking the time out of your day to sign this. I can't believe we are already at 750 signatures!

    11. Reached 750 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • kerim karasalihovic FULTON, MO
      • 6 months ago

      It is personal

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    • Grigor Velkovsky FULTON, MO
      • 6 months ago

      No one should be denied medical help.

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    • Azer Donko FULTON, MO
      • 6 months ago

      Because i entirely feel that helping other people should be very important to everyone. Or in other words, happiness does come from giving, and not from getting.

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    • Judy Mack CHOWCHILLA, CA
      • 6 months ago

      every person deserves the right to have the medication they need.

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    • Teresa cook SHASTA LAKE, CA
      • 6 months ago

      because Obama care sucks and this man need HELP He pays for it Give it to HIM !!!!!!

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