April 4, 2010

Dear Fabio,
It’s been a while since we last spoke. I hope that all is going well for you. I just wanted to take a minute and update you on my father. Allot has happened since the last time we had the opportunity to fly with you. Not sure if you remember but my dad got excepting into doing a clinical trial at Anderson to hopefully stop the cancer in his lungs, back, groin, and stomach. After the 2ND phase which you flew him home from, with the other gentleman from Bridgeport I believe, he had to be hospitalized and taken off the the trial due to his bodies reaction to the medication. No more Houston. Dr’s then discovered a new tumor in his trachea occluding 70% of his airway and grew in only 8 days. Extremly scary stuff. Dr’s decided he had to have a stint put in imediatly and start a super strong dose of radation for 15 days in a row in Dallas. After the radiation he had to be hospitalized again for complications related to the treatment for 12 days at St Paul in Dallas. Basiclly the radiation also fryed his esphogus behind the trachea with the tumor. He couldn’t eat or drink anything and still can’t today. But he was released this morning and we took him home with a feeding tube placed in his stomach for norishment. Afraid to say with more bad news though. Test from the esphogus show active cancer cells there now also. So, now the trying to find the next step in this fight. Luckly after some phone calls he’s back in at MD Anderson. We got an appointment for Monday morning to see his old Dr. Right now my dad is feeling better with high moral and a positive attitude. We plan on trying to drive him Sunday and being back in the middle of the week if all go’s well. Keep your fingers crossed for a plan by the Dr. Like I said, alot has happened the last few weeks and I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch. I did give your email address to my step mother (Karol) who sends out updates on my dad spuraticly. Thanks again for all you’ve done. The effect you have on people for the things you do is truely amazing. You do give people a fighting chance. We’ll be in touch, and maybe we’ll get the chance to fly again.

Thanks again,
C. Ellis