Help Sam Lloyd Beat Cancer

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Raised by 3,598 people in 2 months
Created February 4, 2019
The Hoberts
on behalf of Samuel Lloyd Jr.
By all accounts, 2019 was off to a roaring start for our dear friend, Sam Lloyd. He and his wife, Vanessa, had recently welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby boy named Weston to the world. The musical that Sam had been working on for over a decade had just been accepted into a prestigious theatre accelerator program. There was so much to be grateful for…

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Midway through January, Sam began to experience headaches and he had lost 10 pounds. He figured the headaches were caused by the lack of sleep that came along with his new role as Daddy, and the weight loss seemed like it could easily be the byproduct of a busy schedule – Sam had spent the better part of 2018 going back and forth to Vermont to care for his ailing mother, Marianna. He helped her make the move to assisted living and he cleaned out the family home of 50+ years – no small task, indeed.

On Thursday, January 17th, as his headaches grew stronger, Sam decided to go to the doctor. The doctor thought the pain might be sinus-related so he ordered a CT Scan. The scan revealed a mass on Sam’s brain. Within a day, he was in brain surgery. Unfortunately the tumor was too intertwined so the surgeons couldn’t remove it. By Sunday, Sam and Vanessa were informed that the cancer in his brain had metastasized from his lungs. Further scans showed the cancer was also in his liver, spine, and jaw.

In the face of this devastating news, Sam and Vanessa have been incredibly strong and positive. Humor and laughter, which have been a huge part of Sam’s life, will undoubtedly help him with what lies ahead. Just hours after being diagnosed, Sam was cheering on his beloved New England Patriots in his hospital room. When the nurse asked him to “cheer quieter,” Sam politely nodded. When the nurse left the room, Sam turned to Vanessa and his friends and said, “What are they gonna do? Kill me?”

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Sam is, simply put, a sweet, kind, and generous soul. Through his music and acting, and most of all his friendship, he has blessed all of our lives immeasurably. Throughout his wonderful life, including his more than 30 years in Los Angeles, Sam has perfected the fine art of friendship. So many of those friends have reached out, wanting to know how they can help support him and his family during this difficult time.

As Sam and Vanessa face the challenges ahead, they will both have to put working on hold. There will be a range of medical, childcare, and other expenses. We are asking for your help so our dear Sammy can use the time ahead to GET HEALTHY, spend time with his wife, his new son, and his wonderful friends – and to borrow the title of the new song Sam wrote for his show... “Make Music Along The Way.”

Every prayer, every positive thought, every dollar, and every gesture of support is greatly appreciated.

ANY AMOUNT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. 

Thank you and please check back here for updates!

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There is good news! The targeted cell therapy is definitely working – I had a CT scan and all the tumors from the neck down have shrunk by half! (The one in my jaw has disappeared!) I will have a brain MRI at the end of the month to see how things are with the subdural hematoma and the tumor in my brain. There was already some improvement in the last CT scan showing my brain is starting to move back towards the center (I know what you’re thinking – my brain has ALWAYS been off-center!)

The belief is that the tumor in my brain has also shrunk, as it also comes from the lung. This is all due to the fact that I tested positive for the ALK mutation, allowing this targeted drug therapy to be effective. (Apparently, only about 5% of people test positive for the mutation, making me extremely lucky in that way.) On average, the effectiveness of the drug lasts for three years before the cancer evolves.

I have been reading the Simonton, Matthews-Simonton and Creighton book, “Getting Well Again,” as has everyone in my family. If you or anyone you know is dealing with cancer, or really any sickness, (and even if you’re not because it could help you avoid it) I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a mind-body approach that has been proven to work. It’s given me tools to use in fighting the cancer, and has helped me understand how it came about in the first place.

Thank you everyone, your prayers and support have helped me and my family get better. I’ll let you know how the MRI goes at the end of the month.

--Sam
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Hello friends,
We write today’s update from a welcome period of calm and hope. Weston is 4 months old and doing awesome, Vanessa is a rock and I am home. Pretty damn tired, but starting a new regimen of targeted therapy drug treatment that bring some optimism after a challenging past six weeks.
We wanted to update sooner, but we have been on a bit of a roller coaster. After my initial surgery on Super Bowl weekend, I have been back in the hospital twice. The first time took place after I developed a big lump of fluid on my head near the scar of the first surgery, probably a reaction to an anti-seizure medication (which also gave me a nasty allergic reaction rash that made me look like a drunk Santa Claus with a bad skin condition.) That required an overnight stay and some draining and re-stitching. Then, as a bonus, I developed a mild case of shingles, a not uncommon side effect of the steroid I was on. Fortunately, that was treated quickly and effectively. Just days later, I returned to the hospital after spiking a fever of 104.5. I was diagnosed with low sodium, another side effect of cancer (who knew?). That required a week’s stay, during which time I also received previously scheduled targeted radiation treatment to my brain tumor.
For now, that roller coaster ride seems to have thankfully come to an end. I am slowly weaning off a number of drugs as I begin the targeted therapy that brings optimism. When it works, it has been shown to be very effective. We will have an idea if it’s working in a couple weeks when I have the next PET scan. For now, we are home keeping mellow and enjoying watching Weston grow each day.
If it takes a village to raise a child, our situation really puts that village to the test. The community that has rallied around us is helping to keep us strong. We have not had to cook a meal in weeks, and we have been able to focus on our wonderful son and me getting healthy. Vanessa and I continue to be overwhelmed by the love and support that all of you have shown us from far and wide. There is so much stress and worry that goes along with fighting cancer. Through all of your generosity an incredible amount of that stress has been lifted.
Since my diagnosis 3,520 people have reached out on the gofundme page. Vanessa and I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts. We continue to be inspired and touched by your generosity, and messages of love and support. It is nearly impossible to describe how much your kind words and encouragement mean to us. We are grateful and humbled every day. We could not do it without you. With Love and Gratitude, Sam, Vanessa and Weston
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To all the amazing, kind, and generous people who have reached out to me in the past 48 hours… my family would like to reach out to you.

We are immeasurably grateful for the prayers, blessings, outpouring of support and LOVE, as well as the immense generosity from our family, friends, neighbors, my Scrubs family, and people we have never even met.

Last night as Vanessa and I read all of your names and the incredible messages from so many of you, our eyes filled with tears and our hearts filled with gratitude. I am overwhelmed. And I am beyond grateful to all of you.

We are working on a treatment plan with a wonderful group of doctors by our side. We sympathize with the many people who have gone through, and are going through, similar battles. We will remain prayerful and will always believe in miracles that happen every day.

With gratitude and love,
Sam, Vanessa, and baby Weston.
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