Update July 20th
Brian has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of testicular cancer. He still has good survival odds but he’s been informed that his treatment will be longer and more intensive than was originally thought.
What I can interpret from his pathology report is that he has stage IIIA non-seminoma testicular cancer. If you’d like to read more I’ve uploaded his pathology report here. The specific type of cancer he has is rare-embryonic carcinoma.
His doctors inform him that his chemo treatments will be between six months and one year and he will have to undergo surgery at the end.
He can beat this cancer, but he still needs our help.
Update: July 14th, 2017
We’ve got to our second goal in a week! Brian will be receiving his pathology report on the 19th. At that time he’ll have a better understanding of his exact needs and treatment options.
When we learn more on the 19th, we’ll figure out our next goal after that!
If you want to give Brian funds for needs other than medical leave or expenses, please give them to Brian directly through paypal.
If you want to support the entire team, please go to our patreon!
Update: July 6th, 2017
Thank you so much for getting us to our first goal in less than a day!
I’ve done some research on the average costs of testicular cancer. Apparently it’s around 50k. 80% of Brian’s medical will be paid by his insurance, leaving 10k.
I’ve added that on as a stretch goal. Let’s give Brian the fewest worries and headaches possible!
If you want to send Brian well-wishes, please send them to:
Badger Cave c/o Alison Tieman
113 First Avenue West
Kelvington, SK, Canada
Please don’t send perishables as they likely won’t survive being forwarded.
Brian has been diagnosed with Testicular cancer.
There’s really no way to say it delicately so there it is.
On Friday he went into the hospital due to a swollen testicle. MRI scans revealed a number of additional masses in his pelvis and right lung.
This week he went into surgery to have his swollen testicle removed. He’s recovering now and we will be learning more about his specific diagnosis in two weeks. Depending on his lab results he will either be under going surgery or chemotherapy treatment.
Along with my husband Jonathan who does a lot of the thankless behind the scenes stuff like driving through Australia on the wrong side of the road for four days straight… Brian is my rock when it comes to HBR. I’ll never forget when Brian asked me three years ago while I was experiencing burn out if there was more he could do to help.
Not only has he taken over the bulk of the production work at Honey Badger Radio, freeing me up to do more logistical and administration work, he has always made time to listen to my worries and fears regarding Honey Badger Radio’s future.
I have many. But he was always there to gently tell me that maybe instead of tanking, this will be the year Honey Badger Radio takes off.
If Karen is the face, Mike the wit, Hannah our ear on the ground and our nose for news, Jonathan the bones, Max the pulse and I’m the brain of HBR…
Some might say the butthole of HBR…
Then Brian is the heart.
As Brian has supported me and helped me and Honey Badger Radio get this far. I want to support him.
Brian has already said he wants to continue to do his work at Honey Badger Radio but I know from experience that chemotherapy is an exhausting process. Brian will need the flexibility to focus on recovery and won’t be able to do the same amount of work to keep HBR running.
Unfortunately that puts us in a bind as Honey Badger Radio isn’t a large and flush enough to offer paid leave.
I’m asking you to help me help support Brian by helping us raise the funds to offer him an extended paid medical leave.
This will also be a long term fight so if you want to support the entire team with a monthly donation go here.
Any additional funds over the base amount will go to help him deal with his medical bills. Currently he has Medicare which covers 80% and has concerns about being able to cover the rest.
Let’s take those worries off his shoulders, both in terms of maintaining his income and helping him with anything that isn’t covered by insurance.
Founder Honey Badger Radio
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