[UPDATE June 20] Because of a Medical Mixup, Local Man Needs the Community’s Help
Garrett Vance, who went to McKinleyville High School, fought back childhood leukemia only to have a lesion on his lip threaten his life. According to his GoFundMe page, 32-year-old Vance developed a lesion on his lip several years ago that now is cancerous and spreading into his lymph nodes.
His sister, Tasha Rose, said that her brother “has been working at Humboldt sanitation fresh out of high school and is now a recycle truck driver for them.”
The page reports, “Due to his pre-existing condition, he fell through the cracks in terms of medical coverage. Medi-Cal put a freeze on his coverage; they did not cancel it, which forbade them to purchase health insurance elsewhere until the issue was resolved. Because he could not get the proper medical attention, the lesion became cancerous and has spread into his jaw, bones and lymph nodes. Because of this error/misjudgment within the system, Garrett and his family have had to pay out of pocket for medical expenses for the past 2 1/2 years.”
On April 16, Vance was supposed to go in for surgery but a cold pushed back the operation for another two weeks. If you would like to help Vance and his family, click here to be taken to his GoFundMe.
UPDATE June 20: An auction to benefit Garrett Vance is this Saturday, June 22 at 5 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Mckinleyville. There will also a spaghetti dinner.