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November 14, 2013

Auction to aid local man fighting brain cancer

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PALESTINE —

Perry and his family plan to be in attendance at the benefit.

“He gets very tired because of all of the treatments, so he may not be able to stay very long,” Johnston said.

Sadly, with glioblastoma there are no true warning symptoms.

“He had a headache and his eyes weren't working as well as normal and he was tired, things everybody deals with” Johnston said. “One day he was getting ready for work and he had a seizure. After tests, it turned out he has three tumors in his brain.”

Glioblastoma typically affects males between the age of 42 to 60, though it is possible for women and children to be diagnosed as well.

“There is no cure. They can treat it with chemo or radiation or surgery, but because you are dealing with the brain, you can possibly cause another problem or disability,” Johnston said. “It's a catch 22.”

Johnston said Perry and his extended family are learning more about the brain cancer every day.

“His family has a hard road ahead as well as financial difficulties due to him not being able to work and the medical bills from his treatments,” Johnston said. “We are trying to help ease that burden. At the same time, we are of a Christian faith and we know miracles happen every day, so we are looking for that too.”

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