Recent Webster, NY, Event Helps Raise Funds for “Be UninTIMidated” Crusade Against Cancer, Supports Efforts of Mercy Surgical Oncologist Dr. Armando Sardi
In April 2012, Tim Wesley was diagnosed with an advanced stage of Peritoneal Carcinomatosis (PMCA), a rare form of appendix cancer. This cancer occurs in the abdominal cavity and is caused by tumors of the appendix, colon, rectum, ovary, stomach and small bowel, as well as from primary peritoneal tumors, sarcomas and mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body’s internal organs, the mesothelium).
Told he had no more than 2 years to live, Tim, along with his wife, Denise, and daughters Skyler and Mackenzie began researching PMCA, thus laying the groundwork for Be UninTIMidated.
Tim and Denise eventually connected with surgical oncologist Dr. Armando Sardi, Director of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy, and recognized internationally for his work in treating PMCA. Dr. Sardi would perform perform cytoreductive surgery (tumor removal) and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) on Tim in July 2012. Tim’s first post-chemo/post-surgery scan resulted in “no evidence of disease” as of January 2013. Tim’s CT Scans in April 2013, July 2013, November 2013 and again in May 2014 all revealed no evidence of the disease.
Today, Tim and his family continue to spread the word about the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment of this disease, through the efforts of BeUninTIMidated. Funds raised by Be UninTIMidated will go directly to help fund Dr. Sardi’s research as well as to assist families affected by PMCA by helping them pay for travel expenses as they seek medical opinions and treatment.
Most recently, the Wesleys held a casino night fundraiser at the Webster Golf Course in Webster, NY, selling more than 200 tickets and raising over $13,000. The family hosts two fundraisers a year: an annual golf tournament in addition to the casino night.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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