Funds sought for cancer treatment of Sluys’ granddaughter
Melissa Hudson – the granddaughter of the late Marion Sluys, founder of Sluys Poulsbo Bakery – has been battling stage four breast cancer for five years, but recently saw her condition improve after trying a new treatment strategy in Houston , in Texas.
But since the Burzynski clinic is costing so much $ 17,000 per month, more funds are needed to help Hudson. His cousin, Stephanie Sluys de Poulsbo, tried to raise funds to support Hudson. She opened a GoFundMe account in January and has helped raise over $ 46,000.
Because donations slowed down, Sluys also decided to start fundraising through the heroeswalkstrong.com website. The first event she hosted in July was a Superhero Pet Walk-A-Thon on Clear Creek Trail – where over $ 4,000 was raised.
The next fundraising event will be on October 2-3 when Nikki Johanson, owner of Pheasant Fields Farms, donates the proceeds from her annual Corn Maze Festival to help support Hudson as they are longtime friends, having known each other since 1996. Hudson is friends with her daughter and spent a lot of time at her house in high school.
“I will continue to fundraise for his cause every year as long as I operate this farm,” Johansen said. “She is very (dear) to my family.”
When Hudson, 40, was first diagnosed, traditional aggressive therapies did not help the cancer spread to her lungs and bones. Since starting treatment at the Texas clinic, Hudson’s CT scans have revealed that her cancer biomarker has decreased by 75% and that she has had 24/7 oxygen-free periods. Hudson’s four children and husband also noticed the color returning to her face.
“I started to feel better almost immediately after starting treatment with the Burzynski Clinic,” said Hudson. “It was slow, but I was gaining strength and had no portable oxygen for a while. We are currently facing challenges and setbacks. ”
Hudson said the Burzynski Clinic has joined her care team, alongside her local oncologist who has been with her for five years. She also sees her local oncologist regularly for chemotherapy treatments.
“The Burzynski Clinic specializes in mutations and genetics associated with cancers,” said Hudson. “We do frequent blood tests to see how my cancer is mutating to adjust my treatments accordingly.”
Sluys spoke about the effectiveness of the clinic. “It has fewer side effects than traditional therapies, and Dr Burzynski has discovered a strain of peptides in human blood and urine that has never been recorded in biomedical research,” she said . “He discovered that people with cancer lacked these peptides and by making these missing peptides and giving them to cancer patients, he found that patients were starting to be cured of their cancer confirmed by diagnostic tests. repeated.
“Over the past 30 years, Dr. Burzynski has treated and cured thousands of cancer patients, including stage 4 breast cancer, by administering these special peptides… He calls these special peptides antineoplastons, or ANP. Antineoplastons are chemical compounds that are normally found in blood and urine. They are made up of amino acids and peptides.
Hudson visits the clinic for treatment, assessments and treatment discussions, but makes telehealth visits from her home in Belfair so she can be with family and loved ones. “She wears a fanny pack with an IV pump attached that delivers ANP every four hours,” Sluys said.
Hudson worked at the Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard as a nurse before his diagnosis. Her hobbies include training kids for basketball, running Ragnar, hiking, and spending time with her family, which she credits for helping her through tough times.
“My kids are amazing,” Hudson said. “I am fortunate to have people in my life send me encouraging notes, messages, meals and help me feel truly valued. I have people in my area who want me to fight and win against cancer.
Sluys said, “Melissa is the definition of what a hero is… when her body keeps telling her to let go of her mind and her heart never does. Her faith gave her the courage to have the perseverance she needs to keep fighting. She is resilient, optimistic, and the bravest person I know.
After her diagnosis, Hudson said she was “shocked. I was completely in disbelief. I was young, I ran a lot, I had a decent diet and no history of cancer in my family. So I asked for a second opinion and was told I had to start treatment immediately as he was very aggressive.
Hudson has described his state of mind as “top to bottom” for the past five years. “I decided I was going to beat him,” she said. “We thought so, but in 2019 when he came back we had to regroup and take him back. This time he is metastatic and has not gone into remission, so there was no interruption of treatment. I am tired, but there is still a struggle in me.
With something like cancer, it’s hard to predict how many more months of treatment Hudson will need, saying, “We take it day by day, month by month – constantly evaluating how I’m responding to treatment. “