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.