In January, Harrison Moseby began having shoulder pain that was interfering with his day-to-day life. As a father and a firefighter, Harrison knew that he needed to be functioning as best as he could. So he sought some help from a doctor. An MRI found what doctors thought was a benign tumor. However, after surgically removing and testing the tumor, Harrison was diagnosed with a rare cancer called epithelioid sarcoma.
According to Fox23, the Tulsa Fire Department decided to run a raffle to help Harrison and his family with his medical expenses. They are raffling off a guided fishing trip from Reel Good Time Guide Service (an $800 value). Raffle tickets are $10/each. To purchase a raffle ticket, you can head to this Facebook post and scan the CashApp QR code.
What if you’re not located near Tulsa or not a fisher? Well, you can still help by donating to the cause! You are able to donate using the CashApp QR code or you can choose to donate to Harrison’s GoFundMe. Unfortunately, because the cancer has spread to Harrison’s lymph nodes, he is ineligible for additional surgical resection. The funds raised through the GoFundMe and raffle will be used to assist Harrison and his family as they pursue additional treatment, which includes cabometyx, OPDIVO, and YERVOY.
Epithelioid Sarcoma: An Overview
Epithelioid sarcoma is a rare and slow-growing form of soft tissue cancer. It is most common in teenagers and young adults, though it can affect people of other ages. Most cases begin in the soft tissue of the hands, fingers, feet, lower legs, and forearms. Epithelioid sarcoma can spread to other areas, so early treatment is recommended. Additionally, this cancer also has a high rate of recurrence. While doctors are unsure of the exact cause of epithelioid sarcoma, SMARCB1 gene mutations have been linked to this cancer. Symptoms can include:
- A firm but painless mass
- Sores or ulcers on the skin (which may occur over the mass)
- Muscle contractures, numbness, and/or weakness