Tuesday, December 26, 2006
DALLAS -- Last May, 27-year-old Greg White, a Dallas native, was delivering pizzas for Track Town Pizza in Eugene.
It was a typical shift, and he was talking on his cell phone to a friend, Nate Birkholz. But then something unexpected happened: White suffered a grand mal seizure. He lost control of his delivery car and ran into a McDonalds restaurant.
An ambulance was called. White was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where he was examined. During a CT Scan, the doctors discovered a large mass in his brain -- a tumor.
White had no insurance at the time, but his friends started a fund-raising campaign to pay the mounting medical bills. As of Dec. 12, White was nearly debt free after surgery to remove the tumor.
Doctors said they are 98 percent sure they got all of the cancer.
Greg's parents, Mike and Judy, said that they couldn't have made it through with out the support they received from Greg's classmates and friends, many of whom grew up in Dallas.
"We are cautiously optimistic. Greg's prognosis looks good. We have heard the expression it takes a village to raise a child. Dallas has raised a lot of them very, very well.
Thank you, Dallas, for raising such awesome young men and women," The Whites wrote in their annual Christmas letter.
It cost Greg $50,000 for just that one surgery. After that, he qualified for social security disability, which then qualified him for the Oregon Health Plan.
Greg still has five more intensive radiation treatments before doctors can determine if he is in remission. To date he has had 33 light chemotherapy treatments.
He still lives in Eugene, where he is recovering -- surrounded by friends.