Join us on Sunday, May 24th at Oceano Park, 1330 Dewey Dr, Oceano from 1pm - 4pm for a benefit fundraiser BBQ honoring Raymond Shelton III.
$10 Donation includes BBQ chicken, beans, bread & salad. All proceeds will cover housing and medical expenses as Ray battles T-Cell Lymphoma cancer. There will also be items for a silent auction.
For more on Rays condition, here is a message from his mom:
My son Ray was only 23 years old when he was first diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma in May of 2012. Leading up to his diagnosis Ray thought he was merely sick. He went to the hospital when he started having trouble breathing and it was soon discovered thru x-rays that he had a tumor in his chest. While biopsying the tumor it bulged out of his chest and the surgeons discovered the tumor was the size of a nerf football. At the time, he was in a community hospital that didn’t have the resources to treat him and they also misdiagnosed him with a Thymoma tumor. It took several weeks to get him into UCLA and he had to be put into an induced coma during this time. While he was in the coma he got pneumonia and sepsis. When he was finally able to go to UCLA he was put through intensive chemo to kill the cancerous tumor. After that he went through extensive radiation treatments and this helped significantly reduce the size of the tumor. He truly had to fight for his life during this time and we are all so grateful that he won.
The past three years Ray has been happy and leading a healthy lifestyle. He has had continued to receive chemo and radiation treatments and it seemed that the cancer was in remission.
A few weeks ago Ray started to lose weight rather rapidly and went to see his doctor. It turned out that his gall bladder was so significantly damaged from all the chemo and radiation that it needed to be removed immediately. At the time, the lymph nodes near the gall bladder were biopsied and found to have lymphoma in them. At this time we are unsure if he also has leukemia but the lymphoma has made it’s way into his bone marrow. Ray is receiving platelet transfusions now and is scheduled to go to UCLA for treatment as soon as his platelet count is high enough.
The doctors have told us he will need at least 3 months of treatment. He may need a bone marrow transplant and leukemia treatment. We’ll find out more as soon as he is admitted to UCLA.
His fiancé Jen, and his 3 year old daughter Jessica, will need to relocate to the UCLA area in order to support him during this arduous treatment. Jen will have to leave her job here and somehow still pay for bills, rent, gas, and somewhere for her and Jessica to stay near UCLA.
His family will do everything they can to help him emotionally and physically through this time. However, we need help to support him, Jen and Jessica financially. I'm hoping with everyone's help we can keep them afloat. Their rent alone is $3,450 for 3 months and we don’t even know what other expenses may come up.
I don't want him to worry about finances and I don’t want him to be without Jen and Jessica. He needs to concentrate on fighting the lymphoma and they are a huge inspiration for him. I really appreciate any help you can send our way to keep Ray and his family together.
Donations of any size are appreciated and every dollar helps. If you cannot donate money, I completely understand, and I would love if you would consider donating platelets or blood in Raymond Shelton lll’s name. At this point Ray has used 14 bags of platelets and although he may not get your donation directly, there are so many people out there in need.
Thank you so much,
Here is a link to Rays go fund me page to stay updated or to make a donation: