A young member of the South Dundas community is currently undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer which originates in the United States. The Iroquois Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 370, would like to help his family, which is now facing some very costly expenses.
Josh Tetley has been battling leukemia for nearly a year. The standard treatments in Canada for his illness have recently been exhausted.
His team of physicians in Ottawa, however, suggested that doctors in Boston, Massachusetts, have been testing a new therapy which may help to inhibit the disease, perhaps reverse its course, or at least delay it so that the young man (he is in his early 20s) can recover enough to get back into remission.
The treatment from the United States, using experimental drugs, is not covered by OHIP.
The family’s initial consultation with the Boston doctors cost $575 US. Following that discussion, the family has decided to try the treatment, which runs more than $6,500 a month.
Josh received the first dose of the experimental drug on January 21, 2016, in conjunction with milder chemo treatments.
This week, the Royal Canadian Legion in Iroquois decided to help the Tetley family with the expenses involved in Josh’s treatments.
The Legion is hosting a smorgasbord dinner on Saturday, January 30, at the Legion, from 5-7 p.m. This dining event is sponsored by Mike Eastman of Iroquois Foodland. Hilda Barkley, the Legion Ways and Means Chairperson, and Mike, have worked together to organize this meal. The cost per person for this supper is $11.99.
Part of the proceeds from the January 30 dinner will go toward the Tetley family’s expenses.
The country band, Absolute Country, out of Brockville, will be at the Legion as well, providing live music throughout dinner and into the evening for guests. Absolute Country has waived its performance fees for this event.
Hilda and Mike and the Iroquois Legion welcome everyone to come out to the Iroquois Legion, Saturday night. There is plenty of room and food for all.