This amazing man, father, partner and musician is good by through a massive battle and if you can help please do, link is in my bio.
Rhys is the loving father to two children under ten, Harrison and Eliza (heartbreakingly – he is physically unable to lift them) and devoted partner to Jessie-May. Jessie-May has been Rhys’s primary carer since he underwent nine and half hours of surgery of in late-June - neither of them have been able to work since then.
The last live gig Rhys was able to play was on the 9th of June this year. Since that time, Rhys and his partner and two children have been living on the savings he was building as a nest egg.
We are raising funds to help support Rhys, his partner, and his two young children on a day-to-day basis, as well as to go towards the considerable medical expenses they have incurred, with more to come.
After more than eight months of seeking answers as to why he was constantly coughing and suffering from an uncharacteristically husky voice, Rhys was diagnosed with Medullary Thyroid Cancer.
This cancer starts as a growth of abnormal cancer cells within the thyroid. The especially bad news is that MTC has a much lower cure rate than the more well-differentiated types of thyroid cancers. Overall, 10-year survival rates are 90% when all the disease is confined to the thyroid gland, is 70% when the cancer has spread to cervical lymph nodes and 20% when the cancer is found in distant sites.
Regrettably, the latter is Rhys’s reality – diagnosis of his cancer took a long time to come, while he was been erroneously treated for “voice issues”. The net result of that delay is, that whilst the affected thyroid and associated lymph nodes have now been removed, the cancer has spread to his chest, spine, and pelvis. Once the root cause of Rhys’s husky voice was recognised, things moved quickly - laryngoscopy to CT Scan to diagnosis took less than 48 hours - but that acknowledgment came far too late. The cancer has extended so far, so uncompromisingly, that Rhys’s health team plan not to confront it – chemotherapy and radiation therapy will not have a positive effect.