|Adam Whorley’s treatment is a $7,000 shot once a month|
A fundraiser for Adam Whorley, above with his girlfriend Amber Hall, is set for Saturday at the Crossroads Ruritan Club. Whorley has a rare form of cancer that requires a $7,000 shot each month.
Friday, November 16, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Adam Whorley, 29, of Ferrum is in a battle to stay alive and healthy, and his family and friends are working hard to see that he continues to get the treatment he needs to overcome a rare type of cancer.
A fundraiser to help with medical expenses for Whorley's treatment will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Crossroads Ruritan Club.
The event, which will start at 7 p.m., includes food, musical entertainment, an auction and a raffle.
Whorley is the son of Randy Whorley of Ferrum and Lisa Hodges of Rocky Mount.
"Adam was diagnosed with a rare cancer in May," his mother said. "Doctors had to remove 6 inches of his small intestine and 18 lymph nodes, but unfortunately the cancer is attached to the blood vessels and is wrapped around his large intestine."
The remaining cancer cannot be removed because the risk is too high, she said.
"At this time, the only treatment is a shot every 28 days that hopefully will freeze it and keep it from growing," Hodges said.
Each shot costs $7,000, she added.
"Adam (Whorley), like so many young adults, doesn't have health insurance," Hodges said.
"Adam is back at work at Coy's Custom Cabinets, which is owned by his father," she said. "He isn't 100 percent, but he is a very strong person and he is doing his best."
Adam Whorley said Thursday he is optimistic about the treatment he is receiving.
"As long as I can take the shot, I think everything will be all right," he said. "This has not changed my outlook, and I continue to be confident that I'll be all right."
At the fundraiser, food will be served for $7 a plate, which includes hot dog or barbecue, baked beans, cole slaw, desert and a soft drink.
Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each on a homemade dulcimer made by James Webb.
The Allen Messenger Band will provide musical entertainment at 7 p.m.
"We hope everyone will come out to have a good time at the fundraiser and help Adam out with his medical expenses," Hodges said.