Tomaso Wilkins

Tomaso Wilkins

At 17, my world was full of fishing, golf, and lacrosse. I spent my hours after school playing ...


WARRIOR Story

At 17, my world was full of fishing, golf, and lacrosse. I spent my hours after school playing with friends on the field, fishing with my siblings and enjoying golf on the weekends. Cooking with my mom and taking care of my 3 siblings is a huge priority in our family. You can see me at church on Wednesday nights and jumping in the lake on the summer days. Now…its all changed.

I am now a WARRIOR. I am fighting for my life. I will win, but I need help. On June 18th, 2017 after 4 days of a migraine, I went into urgent care for help. Upon rushing by ambulance to the hospital, the news hit like a ton of bricks. “Internal bleeding, ulcer, low red blood cells” were the words surrounding my every thought. After 36 hours of blood transfusions and prayer, an ulcer was found. As they went in to repair the bleeding ulcer in my stomach, the doctors were concerned with tissue they had never seen before. You can imagine the horror and surprise when two doctors tell you in all their years they have never seen this before. We stood together, scared, but together.

Over the course of the next few days, news after news came. I was scared but had to stay strong. I fought hard to be brave, but the question, “would I die” kept surfacing in my thoughts. Then it happened. Every kids worse nightmare. Watching the expression on my mothers face as they told me what I had. It was an out of body experience that I can not put into words. GIST Tumors are so rare only 1 in a million teenagers get them. As our hearts sank, I stayed focused. My brain went into hyper drive. I was so scared I couldn’t talk, but I am a WARRIOR. My family has called me a WARRIOR since birth so it was quite fitting that we found “The Young and Brave.” God’s blessing.

Okay so I have cancer, its serious and has infected spots on my liver and my lymph nods are abnormal. Okay. I can do this. My mom crumbles inside but stays strong. She supports all four children with a smile on her face. While everyone is melting she keeps that strong Italian spirit and fights hard. Then we get the PET Scan results. The GIST Cancer has spread to cover my entire liver and the lymph nods all around. I still fight.

Taking chemo everyday for 3 years is more daunting that it sounds. Think about it, 3 years every single day, not one day off for 3 years. This will work, I will heal, I will survive this. I will beat this cancer, it does not have me. Heading home after 10 days in the hospital, with my chemo in hand, its called the “Bullet pill,” I face yet another mountain to climb. How will we afford to travel each week for a blood test so far? How will we afford to only eat protein, fruit and vegetables on such a tight budget? How will we do this?

Through the grace of God, we are strengthened. We will battle and fight. God is with me, I will not fail. I need help, we need help. I am scared but not because I have cancer. I am scared because Mom is only able to now work part time because she must manage my health and the diet that goes along with this chemo which is really strict.

At 17, I am not worried about my first date or the upcoming movie night with friends, but rather how we will afford the gas to travel to my blood test every week? We need warriors like you to help. We need help to fund the specialized diet to work with the chemo to heal my body, funds to offset the cost of bills so we can stay in our house and funds to help the medical and travel expenses we are now accruing. We need prayers for my health and the welfare of my family. We need to pray for all human race to stick together in peace in harmony. We need to change the face of cancer.

#lovebeatscancer I have GIST Cancer but GIST cancer will never have me, ever.

Updates
  • Alice Wilkins
    Posted an announcement July 20, 2017 8:37 am

    Hi Warriors,
    Please keep your prayers coming! This week we have had some blessings and also some curve balls.
    Tomaso gets to advance his diet to soft foods. Who knew pasta and smoothies could make such a big smile!!! We are hopeful he will not experience any effects from advancing his diet.
    We have been referred to Standford to meet with the oncologist to determine what mutation of GIST Tomaso has. This is an uphill battle because each doctor must refer him but both of his current specialist agree he needs to go so this is good. We are hopeful the insurance and other doctors on the team will sign off on this.
    GIST can be mutated, have different strains and has different properties depending on whether it is childhood GIST or adult GIST. We have to figure this out because that will determine the correct formula of chemo to help Tomaso heal. Please be praying for us. It is shocking how significant the bills are, medicine costs is and the 3-6 DR visits a week. The drive is difficult being an hour and a half each way. We never knew how expensive health care really was until this.  With your support we are surviving. Thank you.
    Thank you for all your support. We are hopeful we reach our fundraising goal to help Tomaso and his treatment. #lovebeatscancer

  • Alice Wilkins
    Posted an announcement July 13, 2017 2:06 pm

    Tomaso is adjusting well to being at home. We are grateful that this week during his exams his blood levels were staying consistent. Its a long road to recovery, but with positive affirmations, prayers and warriors along side our family, he will get through this. We are eternally grateful for your prayers, support financially and help with our family. The bills are already coming in and because of you, we will make it! Blessings to you all.

  • Alice Wilkins
    Posted an announcement July 8, 2017 8:51 pm

    Tomaso is home! They have him on a liquid diet only which is really hard on a growing teenager but he is strong. We are hopeful the new medicine will help protect his stomach from the tumor. This will hopefully eliminate any more internally bleeding. Please help us pray for Tomaso’s energy level and that he has no more side effects from the chemo. We will update you as soon as we get the new test results. Blessing to you all for your prayers, donations and support of our family.

  • Alice Wilkins
    Posted an announcement July 4, 2017 6:07 pm

    Its been a really long 12 hours. We are beyond blessed that all of you amazing warriors have donated already. We can’t believe the donations that have come in so far. How amazing that so many people care so much. Thank you. Thank you for believing in Tomaso. Last night we had to rush Tomaso into the hospital. He started internally bleeding again. They went in this morning and found the bleeding and have stopped it. They have added medicine and sadly he is now on broth and liquid only for his diet for the near future. He did crack a joke to his Auntie about drinking his dinner and his spirits are okay. We are hopeful that in the next few days they can determine if what they did today will stop the bleeding. We love you all. Thank you for being warriors along side Tomaso.

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  • Alice Wilkins
    Posted an announcement July 20, 2017 8:37 am

    Hi Warriors,
    Please keep your prayers coming! This week we have had some blessings and also some curve balls.
    Tomaso gets to advance his diet to soft foods. Who knew pasta and smoothies could make such a big smile!!! We are hopeful he will not experience any effects from advancing his diet.
    We have been referred to Standford to meet with the oncologist to determine what mutation of GIST Tomaso has. This is an uphill battle because each doctor must refer him but both of his current specialist agree he needs to go so this is good. We are hopeful the insurance and other doctors on the team will sign off on this.
    GIST can be mutated, have different strains and has different properties depending on whether it is childhood GIST or adult GIST. We have to figure this out because that will determine the correct formula of chemo to help Tomaso heal. Please be praying for us. It is shocking how significant the bills are, medicine costs is and the 3-6 DR visits a week. The drive is difficult being an hour and a half each way. We never knew how expensive health care really was until this.  With your support we are surviving. Thank you.
    Thank you for all your support. We are hopeful we reach our fundraising goal to help Tomaso and his treatment. #lovebeatscancer

  • Alice Wilkins
    Posted an announcement July 13, 2017 2:06 pm

    Tomaso is adjusting well to being at home. We are grateful that this week during his exams his blood levels were staying consistent. Its a long road to recovery, but with positive affirmations, prayers and warriors along side our family, he will get through this. We are eternally grateful for your prayers, support financially and help with our family. The bills are already coming in and because of you, we will make it! Blessings to you all.

  • Alice Wilkins
    Posted an announcement July 8, 2017 8:51 pm

    Tomaso is home! They have him on a liquid diet only which is really hard on a growing teenager but he is strong. We are hopeful the new medicine will help protect his stomach from the tumor. This will hopefully eliminate any more internally bleeding. Please help us pray for Tomaso’s energy level and that he has no more side effects from the chemo. We will update you as soon as we get the new test results. Blessing to you all for your prayers, donations and support of our family.

  • Alice Wilkins
    Posted an announcement July 4, 2017 6:07 pm

    Its been a really long 12 hours. We are beyond blessed that all of you amazing warriors have donated already. We can’t believe the donations that have come in so far. How amazing that so many people care so much. Thank you. Thank you for believing in Tomaso. Last night we had to rush Tomaso into the hospital. He started internally bleeding again. They went in this morning and found the bleeding and have stopped it. They have added medicine and sadly he is now on broth and liquid only for his diet for the near future. He did crack a joke to his Auntie about drinking his dinner and his spirits are okay. We are hopeful that in the next few days they can determine if what they did today will stop the bleeding. We love you all. Thank you for being warriors along side Tomaso.

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